Once upon a time, within dwelling reminiscence for many of us, Italian dining supposed hearty, purple-sauced pasta, garlic bread, maybe a little lasagna and fake ivy at the ceiling.
Then, similar to that, again in the ‘70s, Italian went upscale. Before we knew it we have been all gaga approximately what we known as Northern Italian cuisine, with nary a drop of marinara in sight.
But in our hearts we understand we nonetheless crave the comforting, antique-college, family-fashion Italian-American fare, don’t we? If you’re all of sudden yearning some ravioli or chicken parm — and pizza of direction — then here’s my advice: Head for Milantoni Italian Restaurant and mangia, mangia, mangia!
It’s not tough to get into Milantoni, but you have to preserve your eyes open. Head south on Hurstbourne Parkway — you can’t get across the median barrier from the northbound facet. Cross beneath Interstate 64, past the firstly-ramp and quickly, before you reach the second one off-ramp, hook proper via a service station to Milantoni’s side door.
The constructing, as soon as a quick-meals eatery, extra lately housed Erika’s German eating place. But when you step interior and notice a wooded area of plastic ivy draped over white latticework and tables clad in cheerful pink-and-white checkered tablecloths, you’ll recognise you’ve found Italian the way Italian used to be.
The great menu covers many traditional own family-Italian dishes. Sixteen pasta dinners range from $7.99 (for cheese ravioli) to $13.Ninety nine (for numerous dishes inclusive of ravioli Grande-E-Ole, stuffed with four cheeses and topped with three sauces). Eleven pizzas are available by means of the slice or in 14- and 16-inch pies and are from $4.Fifty nine (for a cheese slice) to $16.Ninety nine (for a big meat-lover’s pie). A dozen soccer-length calzones are broadly speaking $7.99, with some area of expertise objects at $8.Ninety nine or $9.99.
Looking for fancier fare? A dozen seafood plates and Milanese specialties range from $11.95 (for hen with vegetables) to $17.95 (for a Mediterraneo plate with 5 kinds of shellfish). Traditional veal dishes, also to be had with hen, are $12.Ninety nine for parmigiana to $15.Ninety nine for piccata or cacciatore.
Appetizers, sandwiches and salads range from $five.95 (for mozzarella sticks) to $10.49 (for a bird BLT salad). There’s also a quick list of vegetarian specialties (despite the fact that many dishes at the regular menu also are meat loose) and a quick menu for the ones 12 and younger.
A lunch specials menu, provided until 2 p.M., capabilities a dozen Italian standards, all $7.99 store for a $9.99 salmon salad.
Short beer and wine lists are also available, at the side of Pepsi products, espresso and tea.
Milantoni makes its personal pizza dough, and the same dough is used for the complimentary serving of skinny, toasty garlic bread crowned with herbs and grated cheese that begins your meal. An accompanying crock of marinara sauce became a touch too thick, candy and fragrant with dried herbs for my flavor for the duration of a dinner go to; the batch served while we again for lunch any other day become higher balanced and appetizing.
Ravioli ($7.Ninety nine, upload $2 if you want it on top of spaghetti) took me proper returned to Little Italy. Heavy blankets of deeply flavored, highly spiced tomato sauce below molten mozzarella completely hid multiple cheese-filled ravioli. It gave the look of an excessive amount of to finish; it become so true that we completed it anyway.
An order of meatballs ($2) changed into offered precisely the same manner as the ravioli, hidden below a flood of tomato sauce and melted mozzarella. Once excavated they have been three company, finely ground golfing ball-size spheres.
Fettuccine alfredo ($nine.99) changed into awesome. The pasta become company and toothy al dente and yet silken; its sauce turned into tacky and smooth. And, then, there’s the signature pasta Milantoni ($thirteen.Ninety nine) which begins with that excellent alfredo and kicks it up with chopped chicken breast meat, first-rate-sliced mushrooms and peas.
Back for lunch any other day, we tried a 14-inch pizza margherita ($12.Ninety nine) and a slice of 3-cheese white pizza ($five.Ninety nine). Both have been built on a reasonably thick (1/2-inch), bread-like crust and pulled from the oven at the same time as the rims have been nonetheless faded and lacking tasty darkish spots. The margherita pie became painted with a discreet splash of tomato sauce, then a thick, heavy mozzarella coat and crowned with chunks of out-of-season tomato and some small, clean basil leaves. The white slice turned into giant, as huge as a whole small pie and bore a melted blend of ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan on a garlic-scented base.