Where to go: Pasto Italiano
Address: 3150 Ind. 32, Westfield
What to get: Alla picatta
Anna’s take: Pasto Italiano has delicious menu items, including lightly fried calamari ($9) with banana peppers, garlic aioli, Parmesan cheese and marinara dipping sauce, and Patsy’s Meatball ($6), which is a giant, 5 oz. meatball made with veal, pork and beef, accompanied by homemade marinara sauce and fresh Parmesan and a romaine wedge with red onions, tomato, bacon and bleu cheese ($7). The real winner for me was the Alla Picatta, or chicken picatta, which is pan-seared chicken scaloppini with sautéed spinach. The dish is tossed in a lemon caper butter sauce and served over angel hair pasta. Top off your visit with a serving of tiramisu plated with a raspberry chocolate sauce and lady fingers that melt in your mouth ($7).
Pasto Italiano has been open for approximately one year. It is owned by husband-and-wife Kent and Patsy McNall, who have been in the restaurant business a combined 35 years. A restaurant with intimate seating and soft colors, Pasto Italiano is sure to elicit feelings of warmth upon visiting.