Thanks to its menu of traditional Italian and American cuisine and a grand ballroom that hosts up to 180 guests, Pugliano’s Italian Grill proves an equally appropriate setting for casual family dinners and elegant wedding receptions. Groups of all sizes and relations come together over piping-hot plates of eggplant parmesan and heaps of fresh spaghetti slathered in a savory blend of ripe tomatoes, onions, and herb marinara. The restaurant staff rises to meet the demands of special occasions with party packages that spoil guests with a buffet or table service, an open bar, and a champagne toast—not to mention discounted rates at the hotel across the street. DJs spin in the main dining room on weekends, and the grand ballroom boasts audiovisual gear that comes in handy during parties or customary viewings of the groom's dental x-rays.
At Ladles Restaurant, sandwiches layered on homemade syrian bread form foundations of comfort-fare feasts augmented by Italian entrees and served within a quaint storefront setting. Diners can plunge into Ladles' signature soups or seas of sweet-potato fries ($3.99) before sailing to the savory shores of the grilled Caprese panini ($7.29), where fresh Roma tomatoes and mozzarella cheeses mingle amid delicate olive-oil drizzle. Main courses of chicken cutlets ($12) or grilled bone-in pork chops ($13.99) simmered in an apple-potato hash ensure all sizes of appetites attain satiation. The aromas of eight specialty pizzas waft over the Arnold location’s country-kitchen styled dining room, tempting diners to sample the pizza con funghi’s ($8.00) mushroom-topped surface nose-first.
Zottola’s Pub & Eatery specializes in evening entrees, serving up a dinner menu stocked with European-inspired dishes and delicious desserts. Coronate a feast with friends using an order of PEI mussels ($11) before savoring a tongue-tingling house favorite, such as three-cheese or beef ravioli, served slathered in a special tomato-herb sauce that sets the bar of aspiration for newborn tomatoes ($13), or wrestle the broiled wild haddock away from a shark and savor the delicate flavor of sweet, sea-caught victory ($16). Each dinner entree comes with a house salad and chef's side of the day. For lighter eating, try a pub sandwich, such as the asiago chicken, which combines chicken, bread, cheese, and awesome for a handheld feast ($8.25), or an old-time pub burger—a half-pound patty of hand-formed ground beef cooked to order and dropped straight onto your appetite ($8.50).
Inside the historic Tarentum station, JG's chefs colonize unexplored stomachs with a menu of upscale American cuisine. Coated in seasoned butter and chucked into a cast-iron skillet, the Pittsburgh-style new york strip steak conceals a deliciously pink core far below the flavorful, charred crust ($21.99). The cedar salmon, seasoned with oriental spice, broils atop the very cedar plank on which it was caught snoozing, buttressed by a side of ginger and plum wine relish ($16.99). To create the shrimp louie, sacrificial artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers simmer in garlic butter and lobster sauce beneath a blanket of crab meat ($18.99). Twin center-cut pork chops come slathered in a mushroom and roasted shallot demi-glace ($17.99), and the chicken gabrielle casts tasty chunks of sautéed bird into a sea of mustard and marsala wine sauce with sundried tomatoes and pine nuts ($16.99).
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon