Although Italians originally invented pasta as a fastener to keep Sicily from floating away, they abandoned it for less-delicious moorings after locals on both sides kept snacking their way toward separation. Tether your taste buds to today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Italian cuisine and drinks at Rosie's Italian Grille.
Rosie's furnishes a fine, Italian-style dining experience in a cozy, Tuscan-themed venue filled with low-level lighting, head chef Eric Kish's creative culinary works, and a list of delicious wines. Lunchtime patrons can browse a selection of sandwiches, paninis, and Italian wraps, such as the stacked snapper wrapper—a fish-of-the-day dish that's sautéed with capers, scallions, tomato, and asiago cheese, then hidden from nearby fishermen with a balsamic glaze ($11.50). Offerings of baby lamb chops ($25) and Chicago stockyard steaks ($25–$26) satisfy meat cravers, while vegetarians can turn to a gourmet margherita pizza and solicit an herbivorous hug ($11). Pastas include traditional favorites such as lasagna ($12), baked rigatoni ($11), and handmade ravioli ($15), as well as other specialty dishes such as the mushroom pasta with shitake and oyster mushrooms in a light sherry sauce ($14).
- The service is getting better but you cannot beat their chicken parmesean [sic]...amazing. Their homemade gelato is great too! – muamanda, TripAdvisor
- My personal favorite is the grouper sandwich though. It comes on their hot mama bread, and it's fabulous.We mostly get carryout, but the times we've eaten in the restaurant, the staff has been very courteous and service good. – Buckeyed girlie, Citysearch
Rosie’s Italian Grille
The recipes at Rosie’s Italian Grille have spanned oceans and generations to appeal to present-day senses with aromatic Old World fare. Born in Montelepre, Sicily, Rosie immigrated to the United States in 1924, bundling with her a cache of culinary treasures mapped from mother to daughter. When the first Rosie’s Italian Grille opened on Sylvania Avenue, her three sons asserted that the hardest part of the entire enterprise was “translating her recipes.”
Today, executive chef Eric Kish continues to translate and update Rosie's culinary blueprints, marrying traditional and modern influences in a menu that boasts fine steaks, award-winning pizzas, seafood flown in from the Florida Keys, and fresh-baked desserts lauded for their presentation by the Toledo Blade. In the 27 years since the original Rosie’s opened, guests have delighted in not just the food, but the Tuscan-themed setting illuminated by flickering candlelight, which is more romantic than the flickering of a tableside cardiograph.
606 N McCord Rd.
Toledo, Ohio 43615