Best Italian Restaurant

Anyone who reads this blog regularly, knows that I love Willamette Noodle Company on Broadway NE. All around, they're the best bang for your buck when it comes to pastas and salad. You can't go wrong with ordering anything on their menu. The small dining room reminds me of visiting my Aunt Ida in upstate New York where my extended family would gather for the best Italian dinner that I've ever eaten. Food prepared with patience and care is what an Italian family dinner is all about. For the most bang, DaVinci's on High Street next to the Elsinore Theater is considered one of the best all around restaurants in town. Make a reservation because this place is usually packed on weekends. Their dinners are a bit pricey compared with other restaurants in town, but you get what you pay for and more. What's your favorite place for Italian food?

9 comments:

jonas said...

Homemade tops all, especially if you make your own pasta (which is easier than it sounds.) A good place to start is with Lidia Bastianich's books and website (http://www.lidiasitaly.com/index2.htm)

Once you figure out what you're doing, which won't take long, you'll be embarrassed that you spent $12 for a plate of pasta and sauce.

Anonymous said...

Yes I agree, homemade tops most of the places I visit in this town.

But for a come as you are, good food, and usually good service, don't laugh now... The Olive Garden!

Hey...I told you not to laugh!

Salem Man said...

I was in Spokane Washington one time and I asked a resident if they knew of a good local place to eat. They told me Olive Garden and I laughed because I thought it was a joke. They didn't find it amusing and walked away with a sour look on their face.

Keegan said...

Just tried Geppetto's on Tuesday It is my only Italian experience in Salem, so I cannot say it is the best necessarily, but it was very good and the service was great too. Several of the dishes are available in "petite" size (I wish they'd call it something else), and the server did not try to upsell the full portion when I asked what the plate size difference was. The petite size was perfect for leaving without leftovers and the sausage carbonara I had was very good. They serve a great garlic butter with their bread & when we declined any drinks beside water, the server immediately replaced our rather small water glasses with very large water glasses. I would definitely return here as their pizza menu looks awesome too.

jeff said...

Pastamichi Italian at the west base of the Marion St. bridge is pretty good. Allessandro's 120 on Commercial downtown was nice (but pricy) but I haven't been there since a management change a couple years back.

Anyone been out to Michelangelo's on south Lancaster, across from the Santiam Cinema?

Anonymous said...

The Olive Garden!

Anonymous said...

So far Caruso's Cafe in Keizer has been the best italian I've had here. Recommend reservations cause every time I go there, seatings always a a tight fit. Food's good and wine list is diverse.

The best alfredo I have ever had is a t J. Bellas in Independence. It's a little bit of a drive, but it's worth it.

Anonymous said...

Geppetto's, NOT SO GOOD! EVER!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with The Olive Garden.

Every once in a while I get a chance to eat in a real Italian restaurant on the east coast (or even San Francisco). Kind of a reset button for my taste buds. What, do we need to import some Italians from NY?