Monday, March 21, 2016

DeBlasio's

DeBlasio's in Mt. Lebanon (Virginia Manor). Because, as SP put it, sometimes you just want old school red sauce & white tablecloth Italian. DeBlasio's has been in Virignia Manor for as long as I can remember. Definitely since 1995, so 20+ years. We hadn't been to DeBlasio's in several years so we decided to go there for dinner this past Saturday, just for something different.
You have to love a place with a holiday tree dressed up in St. Patrick's Day regalia. Or maybe not. Is it cute? Cheesy? Silly? Charming? It made me laugh. I remember the tree and wreaths from our last visit. I suspect they stay up year round and just change the decor, shamrocks for St. Patrick's, eggs & bunnies for Easter, flags/red & white & blue for July 4, etc. It's dark inside, no windows to the outside world, dark paneling, Italian decor, just an old school vibe. Does the interior need updating as some reviews I read suggested? Maybe. Depends on your point of view. On the plus side, there's no cigarette smoke smell drifting over from the bar area like long ago.
We arrived sometime between 5 & 5:30 pm on Saturday, whenever we finished our errands. It was still early enough for the Early Bird Specials menu (4 pm ~ 6 pm). We started with drinks: fresh brewed iced tea & Early Bird $4 house merlot, which was better than I expected. Note: the $4 wine is only if you order an Early Bird Dinner Special, which I did.
I never can resist Fried Provolone Sticks with marinara sauce. These were huge. We each ate 2. I was stuffed after 2!
 Loys of ooey gooey cheese, good breading, red sauce - good starter.
Meals come with bread and fried dough strips. We both really like the fried dough. The bread is good, too.
Meals come with a side salad: iceberg, carrot, 1 tomato wedge, chickpeas. I chose Italian dressing. I'm not a huge fan of iceberg, so for me this was just OK.
SP ordered a cup of Manhattan Clam Chowder, which he said was good.
For his meal, SP chose Linguine with Red Clam Sauce and he added shrimp. There were a lot of clams and a good amount of shrimp.
A huge plate of pasta. He got dinner and 2 lunch meals from it. The shrimp weren't huge, but they were not overcooked/rubbery, they were cooked just right. SP said it was very tasty.
I chose Penne Mona Lisa with prosciutto, peas and damiano sauce. I had never heard of damiano sauce, so I asked our server. It's a creamy tomato sauce. Another huge pasta dish - like SP, I got dinner plus 2 lunch meals from this. It was yummy. I really liked creamy tomato sauce, I liked that I could easily spear the penne and not make a pasta mess on my face and shirt, and there were enough peas and bits of prosciutto throughout the dish.
We were too stuffed for dessert, but my Early Bird Special came with ice cream or sherbet, so we shared Raspberry Sherbet. We couldn't finish it.

DeBlasio's is much as I remember it. We were the youngest people there, but then again sometimes I forget just how old we really are. It's a lot of food, pretty darn good food, and we took home a lot of leftovers. Our server was nice enough and efficient, but not too friendly/happy/talkative. We'll go back, but it probably won't be in the frequent rotation simply because while it's not far away, it's far enough away.


DeBlasio's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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