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Sal’s Ristorante in Beaver Falls, PA

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Oh Sal’s Ristorante & Bar, I’m glad I’ve found you!  Traveling outside the Pittsburgh area, the boyfriend and I managed to come back here twice during our short stay.  Sal’s has a slight nostalgic feel with darker colors inside and the pictures of actresses from that old Hollywood era.  The servers here are friendly, and you can see they help each other out.

The menu is extensive and some of the appetizers would be excellent choices as a meal alone.

Sal's Green-n-BeansSal's GodfatherThe Godfather had banana peppers stuffed with pork, with shrimps and scallops in a flavorful tomato sauce on top.  This was a hearty appetizer.  The beans-n-greens didn’t sound that appealing but this again was another hearty appetizer.  Sauteed escarole, white beans and Italian sausage.  Delicious!

If you’re a veal lover, they do not have any veal dishes here.  Lots of pasta, calzones, pizza, salads, and burgers, sandwiches.

 

Sal's Vegetarian CalzoneI ordered the Vegetarian Calzone with ham added to it.  This calzone was HUGE.  Definitely did not eat it in one sitting.  I ate my calzone with a side of marinara.  (ask for some garlic powder, it tastes great in the marinara.)

The boyfriend ordered the Chicken Oscar.  Chicken, crab meat, alfredo sauce, tomato sauce, and angel hair.  It was huge.  After he ate it all, he asked our server if he won a t-shirt for finishing it.  Ha!  The dish was good but heavy.

Sal's Chicken Oscar

 

The next time I came back, I was determined to get a pizza.  I ordered the Shrimp Scampi pizza.  It was tasty, my only complaint is that I wished it had more broccoli on it.  But then again, I just like lots of veggies.  Although I didn’t order any of the salads here, I could see they were quite large.

The only thing I wasn’t so fond of, were the breadsticks.  It tasted ok and the dipping oil was mediocre for me.  Aside from that, everything else I ate was really enjoyable.

As far as desserts go, tiramisu was pretty good.  Also another heavy item.  I opted for a sundae with chocolate AND caramel the second time.  Wild child, I know.

Sal's TiramisuThis is a great place to check out if you’re in the area!

 

 

 

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Italio Kitchen Winter Park

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ItalioOrderingWe want it all when it comes to food.  Healthy, quick, and cheap.  Italio Kitchen in Winter Park achieves that mission (well, perhaps not necessarily cheap but it’s fairly inexpensive).  The most expensive item on the menu is $8.98.  There are actually three Italio locations in Florida but only one in the central FL at this time.  Italio is like an Italian version of Chipotle Mexican Grill.

 

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The interior is clean and crisp with red, gray and white throughout.  You get more of a casual, urban feel here.  Outdoor seating is available.

ItalioProteinsItalioVegetablesThe basic run down:

1. Pick your style: pasta, piadina, or salad.
2. Pick your protein: shrimp, steak, chicken, Italian sausage, meatball,
chicken fritte, or veggie (zucchini and baby portabella mushrooms).
3.  Select your sauce, pesto or dressing.
(FYI: all of the pestos are nut-free).
4. Select your toppings.
(Lots of fresh toppings here.)
Don’t forget the cheese!  MMMM… cheese.  I love some shaved Parmesan.

ItalioSpadinaSaladPastaFor the pasta, you have two options (traditional or whole wheat thin spaghetti).  Piadina is actually an Italian flatbread but at Italio you eat them as a wrap.  At first, I couldn’t get into it conceptually.  All the pictures I saw had the wraps with pasta in it.  Pasta?!  That’s like…carb overload!  Well, I stopped and thought about it.  People eat rice in their burritos, so why not pasta in their piadina?  Makes sense.

So the last time I went to Italio, I ordered a salad bowl (once again).  My salad consisted of: shrimp, romaine, blended greens, arugula, baby spinach, basil chiffonade, black olives, carrots, chickpeas, cucumbers, eggplant & sun-drired tomato caponata, mushrooms, red onions, roasted red peppers, roasted garlic and parmesan cheese.  That was a mouthful! Literally.  I had the balsamic dressing on the side and I actually barely used any.  The roasted garlic and basil chiffonade gave my salad an extra boost.  The staff mixes all the contents together and I recommend getting the dressing on the side.

 

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 There’s also other items on the menu as well such as the Italio Sticks, Calamari Misto, and Cannoli Chips.

Italio is good for a quick meal, fully customizable.  There’s even online ordering for this location but you’ll still need to go to Italio to pick it up.  It’s a healthy option to grab a bite if you happen to be in the area but not a must-try place.

http://italiokitchen.com/

HOURS:
Monday – Sunday 10:45 am – 10:00 pm
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