Monday, August 8, 2011

Trattoria Pizza & Pasta in Dorsey's Search Village Center

The trattoria is our neighborhood pizzeria.  The owner Carlo is actually from Naples, Italy. All the food made at the restaurant is from his family's reciepes. From pasta, meat dishes, and pizza, to calzones, subs, and salads.  We're an Italian American family, so we know good Italian food...and this the real deal.

Trattoria makes three different pizzas - thin crust NY style, White Gourmet and thick crust Sicilian.  Thomas ordered NY style sausage pizza .With so many different toppings to choose from, you can create all sorts of different pizza pies.

 Charles ordered the steak and cheese sub. Now, you might be thinking "why is he ordering a sub in an Italian place".  Well, it's simple.  Carlos makes one of the best Cheese steak subs outside of Philadelphia. You can't tell how colossal this sub is from the photo below but it could be enough for two people. Look at the sizzling hot cheese melted on top of the perfectly seasoned steak. The finely chopped lettuce, the tender sliced tomato, sweet sauteed onions, and mayo contribute that's my kind of sub!

My mom ordered a lunch pasta special with broccoli in a olive oil and garlic sauce.  She loved it.  It wasn't too oily, had the right amount of garlic and the broccoli was fork tender. In fact, she asked the owner Carlo how he made the garlic oil...we can't tell you what he said but there is definitely a secret to cooking this dish. 
  The main course or lunch specials come with a house salad (below) dressed with a creamy, balsamic vinaigrette that is really good.  The salads offered as a main course are terrific.  My brother and I will eat a garden salad with grilled chicken as either a meal or share it as an appetizer before our main course. 

Although we selected pizza and a sub, over time we've eaten many of the dishes that Carlos cooks.  Some of our favorite: gnocchi napolentana, chicken and eggplant parmigiana, tortellini tricolore, spaghetti pie and spaghetti & meatballs.

Specials: Monday night is pizza night 7.00 lg to $1.60. Tuesday night is pasta dinner BOGO (buy one get one)  1/2 half off.  Wednesday night is chicken dinners BOGO 1/2 off.

Pros: Casual atmosphere (we've eaten there after sports games - still in our uniforms), friendly service, authentic Italian food, good variety of choices: subs, pasta, meat dishes, pizza, salads.

Cons: Don't know of any  ....

Recommendation: Sprint, don't run to the Trattoria!

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