Sunday, March 15, 2009

Taste of Italy

We'd read that one place had won "Best Italian" in the Lehigh Valley for three years running in LVStyle. We'd short-listed it for a carb-feast prior to last year's St. Patty's Day crawl in Allentown, but opted for Buca di Beppo instead, since it was closer to the direction we were headed.

This weekend, we resurrected the idea of checking out Taste of Italy (1860 Catasauqua Road, Allentown - in the Jack Creek Steakhouse shopping center) from the archives, and paid a visit. The place looks like nothing from the outside. Squeezed in a strip between Dollar General and D&D Furniture Warehouse (sorry I didn't take an exterior shot this time), you might miss the storefront even if you're looking for it. But inside the dining room is spacious, the service is attentive and friendly, and the food, as you might imagine, is buono. We joked that a place that's voted Best Italian three years in a row kind of sets expectations high, and the Grisafi family didn't disappoint. Three of us had stromboli, and Court ordered a "small" pizza. We knife-and-forked our way through, and there was no question we'd be taking the leftovers with us. Total for four, with a couple of drinks and soups: $53.53 before tip. When I told Eric that we should get take out sometime, he asked if the 'boli was as good as the kind shaped like elf shoes we feasted on in Siena. I'd say it's the closest I've found on this side of the Atlantic.

1 comment:

  1. **** (as in 4 stars) for A little Bit of Italy; it's Gilmore's favorite restaurant!!