by Gigi Divine
posted Oct 18 2016 5:58PM
Hi!! I had a craving for a really great sub sandwich so I headed to the tower district, more specifically, Piemonte’s. For over 80 years Piemonte’s had been serving up amazing sandwiches. In addition to the subs the deli has an extensive selection of meats and cheeses as well as salads, peppers, olives and those huge dill pickles!! In house made sauces, sausage, ravioli, tortellini and other pastas are also available. For those of you who want a readymade pasta dish such as spaghetti with meat balls, rigatoni or ravioli, lasagna or eggplant parm they have that too!
The young girl at the register, taking orders was a little frazzled as it was lunchtime and very busy. Still she tried to keep it together and smiled at everyone. I ordered my sandwich and moved on to pick out some deli stuff to stick my fork into. As busy as it was the staff is very aware of anyone walking up to the counter and I was helped in no time.
5 forks for service!
I ordered the Piemonte’s special, dry and cooked salami, ham, mortadella and provolone cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, wax peppers, mustard and mayo all wrapped up in a super soft French roll. Absoforkinlutley delicious!! Also ordered was the Marco Polo. Cooked salami and hot pepper cheese with Italian oil and oregano drizzle. The sandwich was a little too oily for our taste but still good.
My deli selections included, Sicilian olives, antipasto salad, fresh pepperoni, spinach ravioli and, of course, a dill pickle! All were fresh and delicious. My forkin partner for the day took home the eggplant parm. Sadly, she told me that it was a little too soggy and bland for her taste.
4 forks for food
Overall the experience, for me, was as it always has been since I was a kid going there with my best friend’s mom to pick up olive oil and other deli treats...wonderful. Walking in and getting hit with the intoxicating smells of Italian deli food takes me right back to those days.
Now I am aware that there is an ongoing conflict between Piemonte’s fans and Sam’s deli fans. So in the interest of being fair, I shall take my fork and head to Sam’s in the very near future to check them out. I have never been to Sam’s so this will be a true test of taste!! Dueling forks if you will!! If any of you have a preference or favorite at Sam’s, I welcome your suggestions!!
4 FORKS OVERALL!
Till next time…eat well my friends,
by Gigi Divine
posted Oct 6 2016 2:01PM
Hi friends!!!! Most people who know me know that I absolutely love great seafood. I had all but given up on finding a place that served such food…then I found Pismo’s!! While they are not new to town I had not tried them. Well, I am now kicking my own forkin butt for not trying this place sooner!! Located in the Villaggio Shopping center on Blackstone and Nees this place is a must try!!!
I was greeted by an extremely pleasant hostess who asked my preference in location and seated me immediately. Our server was at the table within a few minutes. She was very knowledgeable about the food and cocktail choices and we ordered appetizers and cocktails which were brought out very quickly. Throughout the meal our server was attentive and very fun to talk to.
5 forks for Service
For appetizers we ordered the crab cocktail and the swordfish bites. The crab cocktail has large, tender chunks of delicious crab, topped with thin sliced serranos, drenched in an amazing lemon garlic marinade and served with dejonaise sauce. Melt in your forkin mouth good! The swordfish bites were a special and they were just that!! Large chunks of tender, flavorful swordfish encased in a light deep fried batter and served with house made tartar sauce and cocktail sauce with a splash of horseradish.
I ordered the Shrimp and Clam Pasta. Linguini pasta with a generous amount of very fresh clams along with several large juicy shrimp. All of this is sautéed in a light white wine garlic sauce. To make this dish even more amazing they add a large chunk of fresh sourdough bread for soaking up the wine sauce. My mouth is watering as I write this!! I seriously can’t wait to have it again!!
Also ordered was the Grilled Wild Chilean Sea Bass. Served with your choice of two sides this dish is off the forkin hook! Upon the advice of our server we chose the creamy mashed potatoes and the special Brussel sprouts. Many of you may say “yuck” to Brussel sprouts, once you have these you shall crave them as I now do. Sautéed in hoisin sauce with bacon these are the best vegies ever!!!
5 forks for food
Overall this was one of the best restaurant experiences I have ever had. The service from the moment I entered right down to the moment we left was absolutely top notch. The cocktails were well made and refreshing. And the food…oh baby the food!! I will be back, again and again as there were so many other choices on the menu that I must stick my fork into!! Well done Pismo’s!
5 Forks Overall!
Until next time...eat well my friends,
by Gigi Divine
posted Oct 6 2016 1:59PM
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