Our girls gave us a Christo's gift certificate for a gift last year. I'm ashamed to admit that it's taken N and I this long to redeem it. Not quite a year, but close enough. It's not because we didn't want to go, it has more to do with remembering to fit it in while exploring new places and still enjoying a few of our favorite spots.
As usual for the 2 of us, it was a little after 7PM when we walked into Christo's door. We were greeted and seated immediately. When we hesitated to remove our coats, the hostess asked if we preferred to sit elsewhere. "No, we're okay.", I replied, but I did appreciate that she was paying attention.
We both ordered a glass of the sangiovese to drink. Deciding what to order for dinner was more difficult. I've had their pizza (and I love it), but I haven't had any of their other dinner options. When our waiter arrived, he apologized for taking awhile to get to our table. I let him know that we needed the time to make up our minds. When I said I wanted to order one of the pasta dishes, he went to check on availability. Sadly, they were out, so I ordered my second choice--Chicken Piccata. N had been struggling, too, but because he was trying to be good and not order everything that sounded delicious. He chose the Veal Marsala. We also ordered green salads to start. Love those rosemary bread sticks!
Our beautiful entrées arrived just as we were finishing up our salads. The wonderful aroma, flavors and the presentation reminded me of the first time I'd had Chicken Marsala at Word of Mouth. The chicken was tender and all of the flavors were a delicate compliment to one another, as well as the side dishes. N enjoyed his meal, too. Side note: When I'm enjoying every bite of a meal, I'm thankful for the music and chatter of customers in the background that conceals my little moans of pleasure. (Sorry, but it's true)
Sadly, we didn't have room for dessert, maybe another time.
If you're looking for pizza or special occasion dining, we heartily recommend Christo's. While our entrees were in the vicinity of $15- $17 dollars each, the ala carte pasta dishes start at $7. Plus they have a family style option on a few of their pasta entrées.
I do have to mention, that if you're sensitive to cold temps (like us), you may not want to be seated at the tables just behind the half-wall by the front door. There was a chilly breeze whenever the door opened.
1108 Broadway ST. N.E.
Salem, Oregon 97301