By Chad Fewell
ITALIANS HAVE a genuine passion for sharing meals with family and friends. Italy is a country rich in culture, which is even better known for its food and wine.
Pescaraz Italian restaurant is no different. The style of food has a Tuscan flair, specializing in pasta, pizza, stromboli’s, subs and seafood.
The feeling I get upon entering the establishment is one of comfort, almost as if I were actually visiting a family in their home in Italy. There is standard seating for small groups as well as bench seating for larger ones and music piped in loud enough to hear, but not so loud it disturbs discussions among your tablemates.
A standing bar is located on one side, offering anything from beer on tap to wine in the glass.
One of my favorites is the free garlic and parmesan breadsticks fresh out of the oven, delivered straight to the table with a marinara dipping sauce.
Daily specials change, but include buy one pizza get the second half off, “Terrific Teacher Tuesdays” where teachers get a 15 percent discount on any entrée all day and a 10 percent discount daily for military, law enforcement, firemen and emergency medical technicians.
I have eaten at Pescaraz several times and have enjoyed everything they have presented to me. One of my favorites is the Coscia Fettuccini, which is ham and onions sautéed in a white cream sauce. I also recommend the Bistecca Marsala, which is seasoned beef tenderloin with onions and mushrooms sautéed in Marsala wine sauce, served with spaghetti, garlic and oil.
Another favorite is the build-your-own pizza, where you can choose to nine toppings from any of the regular items.
Local musicians can be heard Thursday through Friday evenings after 6 p.m.
The overall experience is one of comfort and enjoyment and the freshness of the food is apparent when you take your first bite. I plan on going back as soon as possible.
The Italians have a saying: “Mangia!” which means, “So, eat!” I suggest we all take their advice. Head to Pescaraz and enjoy!