Alessandro's

(Alessandro's is now closed)
After mentally reviewing the happy hour group's favorite destinations, I remembered that N and I had never dined at  Alessandro's Ristorante for dinner.  Their website says that they've been open since 1976, but the restaurant must have begun at another Salem location.  I have a vague recollection that Chicago Pizza  operated in that location several years ago.
On this particular week, our date night happened to land on First Wednesday.  I'm not sure if that's the reason why we enjoyed live music during our dinner, but it definitely added to the nice atmosphere and our evening.  The two of us settled into the comfy chairs and took in our surroundings.
To start, we shared a "Caprese traditional Italian salad with fresh mozzarella, sweet basil and tomatoes".  I love this combination, even more so this time of year when tomatoes are fresh and loaded with flavor.  I was hesitant to pay $9, even to sate my craving.  In the end it helped to see the portion was perfect for sharing, especially with the addition of Alessandro's complimentary, tender, tasty, herbed focaccia.

I asked our sweet waitress for her help in choosing between two of the chicken entrees that had piqued my interest.  She told me what she liked about both dishes, while explaining how some people find the Chicken Saltimbocca a bit salty, but she (like me) loves good proscuitto.   She ended up not just selling me, but N as well.  We both ordered the Chicken Saltimbocca with proscuitto and fresh sage, sautéed with white wine and sherry.


We took our time to savor each part of our evening-- from the Caprese, to the green salads, and then finally the tender, delicately seasoned chicken.  The music and excellent service, made our date night at Alessandro's as special as it should be.
Be sure to check out their website for monthly specials ("Fine Dining Special, 3-Course Dinner for Two -$39"), but be aware it's usually limited to Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

120 Commercial Street NE
Salem, OR 97301
Phone: (503) 370-9951

9 comments:

DeeDeeDiner said...

In answer to your "previous location" question, for many years Alessandro's occupied the space currently housing Prudence Uncorked.

tracylee said...

Yep, DeeDee, I started going there when I worked across the street. Their current location was Old Chicago until there were a few too many liquor license violations. I have meetings there 2-3 times a month and usually find the service to be great, and the food superb. A few items are a bit salty, and the occasional waitress isn't up to par, but it's a definite romantic or meeting venue!

KandN said...

I'm having a vague recollection, after reading both of your comments. Maybe J.J. James and Alessandro's became one in this old head.

tracylee said...

It was J. James in the interim between Alessandro's and Prudence Uncorked.

Pam said...

What is Old Chicago?

KandN said...

It's a pizza chain. You can still find them in the Portland area. Hopefully, they're updating their restaurants.

tracylee said...

The last Old Chicago I went to was in Duluth, Minnesota years ago. Still yummy!

Pam said...

I love Old Chicago. And to think, now we have to drive up to PDX to find it. Tracylee, I know exactly which one you're talking about. I grew up just outside of Duluth.

KandN said...

The only time N and I have been to an Old Chicago, was in the Happy Valley part of the Portland area. We needed a place within walking distance to hang-out while our tent trailer was being serviced. Hopefully, it was shiny and clean when it was new. Not so much when we were there.