SP ordered a cup of the soup du jour: Manhattan Clam Chowder:He really enjoyed this. He said there were lots of large bits of clam and that it was a good soup he would order again.
Tossed salad comes with the entrees:I thought the pickled beet was a nice extra and unexpected touch even if I don't much care for pickled beets. Two regular black olives, two grape tomatoes, shredded carrots, a vinaigrette, and greens. Mostly iceberg mixed with a bit of other greens. Truthfully, the salad underwhelmed me. I'm not sure why, all I can think is that the greens were not very tasty. I know, how can you expect lettuce to actually have flavor, right? But it does, kind of, and the iceberg and the greens just weren't too flavorful to me.
For my entree I chose a special of the day: Veal Oscar:Three nicely cooked asparagus spears, several very thin breaded veal medallions, a bunch of crabmeat, and a bearnaise sauce. Or at least I assumed it'd be a bearnaise sauce because that's usually the sauce for Veal Oscar. This was more of a cheesy bearnaise sauce - not what I expected but not bad, but I think I would have enjoyed a regular bearnaise sauce more. Overall, this was a tasty dish. I ate a bit more than half and brought the rest home.
Each entree has a choice of side: pasta, potato or vegetable. I debated, knowing I should be good and get the vegetable, but in the end, I couldn't resist pasta. The side was penne with a marinara. Nothing out of this world amazing, but quite tasty.
SP chose Linguine with Red Clam Sauce and Shrimp:It was an ENORMOUS bowl of pasta! He said it was very good and had nice chunks of clam:This is the kind of pasta dish where you eat and eat and eat and you are stuffed, yet it looks like you didn't eat anything, like the pasta is regenerating, like some mythological hydra: eat one strand of linguine and two more appear on your plate. Before:After:He brought home quite the pile of leftover pasta!
We were too full for dessert, plus we had the Bethel Bakery cupcakes and yum yums at home.
We both enjoyed our meals at DeBlasio's and would go back. Our server was friendly but not too chatty - she was kept pretty darn busy by her customers and the busy restaurant. Other servers cleared dishes, which was nice. The menu is the pretty standard family/Italian type menu with pasta, seafood, veal, steak, and chicken entree choices; there is a kids menu; the portions are generous and reasonably priced. There are also 'Early Bird' specials from 4 pm - 6:30 pm -- the meals range from $12.95-$18.95 and include soup, salad, bread, entree, side pasta, and ice cream or sherbet for dessert. Our Entertainment Book coupon was buy one entree get up to $10 off another. If I hadn't ordered an expensive meal (veal and crab are expensive!) it would have cost a lot less. As it was, our bill (food, tax, tip, and the coupon) was about $60.