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6 days ago

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh
HIDDEN RESTAURANT GEM in ZELIENOPE, PENNSYLVNIA SERVES SCRUMPTIOUS ITALIAN FOOD WITH COZY ATMOSPHEREGoodfello's Pizza Pasta and Grille🤔 If you have not been to Zelienople, Pennsylvania, you may be surprised to see the number of flourishing businesses, and the amount of traffic that runs through this small town. With that said, as you are driving down the main drag of town, if you blink, you may miss Goodfello’s Pizza & Pasta Grille. It may not seem like much other than takeout pizza, but it is far more than that as we dig in a little further!🧀 Appetizers – The appetizer list is extensive. Goodfello’s has your traditional appetizers such as chicken tenders, fried provolone, and fried zucchini. Take it up a notch and try the stuffed banana peppers which are homemade filled with ground beef, spices, and baked in marinara sauce. The King Kong fries offer a generous portion of French fries, loaded with steak, chicken, green peppers, fried onions, cheese sauce, mozzarella, and provolone baked and served with ranch. They are also known for crispy, chicken wings served with a variety of sauces.🥪 Sandwiches, hoagies, and burgers – The portion sizes are large, and the toppings are ample. The “Nero” is their regionally famous Italian sub on steroids. It features double toppings which include capicola, salami, ham, pepperoni, mozzarella, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onions, and dressing. The “Goodfello” is similar to a Pittsburgh Style Sandwich, it features sliced capicola and provolone, fried egg, tomato, coleslaw, and French fries on thick, sliced Italian bread. If you are looking for a burger, you have the option to double the meat and make it a Bighead Burger for those with larger appetites.🍕 Pizza – Goodfello’s is known for their homemade, hand tossed pizzas. They have tweaked their recipe of herbs and spices to create a delicious red sauce. You also have the choice to go with a white pizza that uses an oil and garlic sauce. The topping list is extensive! Tradition toppings include pepperoni, sausage, bacon, vegetables, and much more! Gourmet toppings include feta, ricotta, meatballs, steak, chicken, capicola, and salami. You have the option of traditional round pizza or thick, Sicilian square. If you are looking for a specialty pizza, try their Buffalo or Barbecue Chicken, Steak, Ranch and Onions, or the Chicago Deep Dish.🍝 Entrees – Pasta dishes include traditional Marinara, Fettuccini Alfredo, Chicken and Sausage Mafalda, Rigatoni Casserole, Stuffed Shells, Homemade Five Layer Lasagna, and other pasta creations. There are also classic dishes such as Chicken Parmesan and Eggplant Parmesan which are served with your choice of two sides.🥩 Other menu items – Goodfello’s also has delicious Calzones, Pepperoni Rolls, and salads. Their Buffalo Chicken Salad will surprise. This is an item that is on most restaurant menus. What separates Goodfello’s is the fresh breaded chicken tossed into a house mixed buffalo sauce. The chicken soaks up the buffalo sauce and is just the right of amount heat on your palate.🧐 My final take – This is a place that you drive by dozens of times that stirs your curiosity. Your gut is saying give this place a try. If you trust your gut, you will not be disappointed! The front of the building has its own takeout area, and the back part is the restaurant. It has a cozy dining area and is well staffed with a team that provides excellent service. If you have not tried this place and are looking for something new, add it to your list! It will soon become a go to place on your dining list! 🔪 Score1. Taste and Flavor – 4.6/52. Portion Size – 4.7/53. Affordability – Appetizers $3.50-$11.50 Sandwiches $7.00-$15.00 Entrees $12.00-$16.004. Ambience – 4/5 🖊 Score rubric1. Taste and Flavor –(1) Bland, no taste at all, under/overcooked/dry(2) Edible, but below average, little to no spices, herbs, or seasonings, under/overcooked/dry(3) Decent quality, spices/herbs/seasoning used. Not going to rave about the food but also not going to complain.(4) Restaurant/dish lives up to reputation. Flavorful, it is clear spices/herbs, seasonings are used effectively. Dishes clearly thought out and well executed. What you would expect for your hard-earned dollar.(5) Exceeds expectations. Not only are spices/herbs, and seasonings used to perfection, at this level, highest quality ingredients/meats used. Processes such as aging, brining, and marinating are used at this level. Food is cooked to perfection at this level and meat is unbelievably tender and juicy. You tell all your friends and family immediately about your food experience. 2. Portion Size – How much food do you get, is there left-overs? 5s need to wow me. 3. Affordability – Average cost of entrees and appetizers 4. Ambience – The mood or feeling of the restaurant. Decorations, history, memorabilia, etc. Is it an atmosphere you could spend hours at? 📖 📕 📕 This is how you can purchase a copy of the most unique, detailed restaurant book that you won’t find anywhere else! If you like Diners, Drive Inns, and Dives, this book is for you!If you are attending my Book Signing, you can pre-order a signed copy by clicking on the below link.👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇enlightenedwellnesspa.com/.../restaurant-gems-ofIf you are not attending my book signing and want to order a copy on Amazon click on the below link.👇👇👇👇👇👇👇amzn.to/3qQmKF6 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Restaurant Gems of Pittsburgh
MOUNTED BIG GAME ANIMALS and DELICIOUS CUISINE DRAWS ATTENTION to SCENIC ROUTE 19 RESTAURANTLog Cabin Inn🤔 Few have seen the aura of a Bull Moose up close and in person. At 7 feet at the shoulder, an antler spread that can reach almost six feet wide, and weighing as much as 1,400 pounds, these animals are a forced to be reckoned. Big game animals are simply majestic. Where am I a going with this? Not sure, but it is a great Segway into this restaurant gem located just north of Zelienople, Pennsylvania.🦁 Just like the imposing big game animals mounted throughout the restaurant, The Log Cabin Inn is serving up big and bold portions full of flavor. The restaurant has a warm and friendly atmosphere and is serving food that you would get at a fine dining restaurant. Let us see why everyone is talking about the special charm in Harmony, Pennsylvania of the Log Cabin Inn.🧀 Appetizers – The Log Cabin Inn gets creative with its appetizers. You must try the Timber Frites which are French fries, andouille sausage gravy, and pulled pork, it can be a meal in itself. The Fried Calamari features Calamari rings, tavern peppers, and marinara. If you want to go more traditional the New York Style Pretzels are deep fried to perfection and served with nacho cheese.🥪 Sandwiches – If you are not looking for an entrée, go with a sandwich, they offer a great portion size and are full of flavor! The Big Fish Sandwich (captioned) gives you a large piece of Cod with the cooking option of Yuengling battered or broiled. It is served on a toasted baguette with lettuce and tomato. The Havana Hero is the ultimate Cuban sandwich which features Pulled pork, Canadian bacon, pickles, Creole mustard, Swiss cheese, and rustic boule.🥩 Entrees – If you are looking for the meats, Log Cabin Inn has an 8-ounce Top Sirloin steak, Rack of Lamb, 6-ounce Filet Mignon, and a 14-ounce New York Strip Steak. For more diverse entrees the Log Cabin Inn has a Pork Shank that is Blackened, with bacon and corn cream gravy, pea shoots, smashed redskins and served with one side. The Texas Mac and Cheese features Rigatoni, diced jalapenos, house queso, and pulled pork. If you are looking for Italian the Queen of Italy highlights Burrata mozzarella ravioli, honey roasted pulled chicken, fresh sweet corn, pistachios, brown butter, and basil.🧐 My final take – Upon entering the Log Cabin Inn, you can immediately see and feel that this place is special. From the old, colonial décor, the mounted big game animals, and its elevated cathedral ceiling, the Log Cabin Inn is exclusive. It is also nestled in the Zelienople area which is a town that takes immense pride in its community and local businesses. Bottom line, you can get a high-quality meal at an affordable price. If you are driving on Interstate 79 and see the sign for the Log Cabin Inn, know you are in for a treat!🔪 Score1. Taste and Flavor – 4.7/52. Portion Size – 4.6/53. Affordability – Appetizers $3.50-$14.00 Sandwiches $7.00-$16.00 Entrees $13.00-$39.004. Ambience – 4.9/5 🖊 Score rubric1. Taste and Flavor –(1) Bland, no taste at all, under/overcooked/dry(2) Edible, but below average, little to no spices, herbs, or seasonings, under/overcooked/dry(3) Decent quality, spices/herbs/seasoning used. Not going to rave about the food but also not going to complain.(4) Restaurant/dish lives up to reputation. Flavorful, it is clear spices/herbs, seasonings are used effectively. Dishes clearly thought out and well executed. What you would expect for your hard-earned dollar.(5) Exceeds expectations. Not only are spices/herbs, and seasonings used to perfection, at this level, highest quality ingredients/meats used. Processes such as aging, brining, and marinating are used at this level. Food is cooked to perfection at this level and meat is unbelievably tender and juicy. You tell all your friends and family immediately about your food experience. 2. Portion Size – How much food do you get, is there left-overs? 5s need to wow me. 3. Affordability – Average cost of entrees and appetizers 4. Ambience – The mood or feeling of the restaurant. Decorations, history, memorabilia, etc. Is it an atmosphere you could spend hours at? To check out more amazing restaurants in the Pittsburgh area, check out my new bookRESTAURANT GEMS OF PITTSBURGH – MASTER EDITION👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇amzn.to/3qQmKF6 ... See MoreSee Less
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