Tuesday’s Treats #196

NY Street Pizza

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

*My apologies for the delay in this post! Had some trouble on the site and couldn’t post media. 😜 We’re back up and running smoothly, I hope! 😉

Before you read this review, you can check out the pics and my previous review here. We visited this restaurant again while in Ukraine, and it was just as amazing as the first time!

We had a few different items this time; so, I thought I’d share those as well.

The Greek salad is phenomenal, and it’s served with such class!

The apple strudel is so delicious. Last time, we had the molten chocolate cake, which is still scrumptious; however, if your wanting something a little different from chocolate, this is a must!

Tuesday’s Treats #196

NY Street Pizza

Location: Lviv, Ukraine

*My apologies for the delay in this post! Had some trouble on the site and couldn’t post media. 😜 We’re back up and running smoothly, I hope! 😉

Before you read this review, you can check out the pics and my previous review here. We visited this restaurant again while in Ukraine, and it was just as amazing as the first time!

We had a few different items this time; so, I thought I’d share those as well.

The Greek salad is phenomenal, and it’s served with such class!

The apple strudel is so delicious. Last time, we had the molten chocolate cake, which is still scrumptious; however, if your wanting something a little different from chocolate, this is a must!

Tuesday’s Treats #193

La Trattoria

Location: Carrollton, Ga

*I will begin by giving my apologies for the pic. It’s not the best in presentation, but it’s all I’ve got, because we gobbled down that pizza so fast, and the place was pretty busy; so, I didn’t get a good shot. Maybe this will give you an indication of the yummy topping you can get. 😋

This place was great. Nice atmosphere, pleasant wait staff, and delicious pizza. We had salad and pizza, but they have many more items on the menu.

You’ll not regret a nice lunch here,l but be sure to arrive a little early. It was pretty busy when we arrived and never stopped with customers coming and going. It’s not a huge restaurant, but what they have they do well.

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Tuesday Treats #190

Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano

Location: Lawrenceville, GA

*Oops! My apologies for the delayed post!*

We visited this restaurant quite a while ago, and honestly, we weren’t highly impressed on the first run, but this return visit is proof that, sometimes, you have to try a place twice to be sure it’s not a place you will actually enjoy. This time around, it was quite amazing! I gave a review then, and you can read about it here.

The only drawback I can see is the seating in the house. There are no booths, all tables and chairs. It’s very much a fancy cafe style setting (white tablecloths), and if you like that, then you’ll have no hesitation. My husband, son and I prefer a bit more cozy settings, but we did get a table in the corner, against the wall, and it was perfect.

Once seated, we were greeted by an incredibly friendly server, and we ordered a Caesar salad, lasagna and two small pizzas, one with only pepperoni, and the other with pepperoni, mushrooms and peppers (they do yellow peppers here instead of the common green). Everything was absolutely delicious. One interesting thing this restaurant does is if you ask for crushed red pepper, they bring you a huge bowl of it! (See pic) I wondered if it was “fresh,” because of how it was served, but I forgot to ask. It provides just the perfect kick for our pizzas, and our youngest enjoyed the fresh Parmesan they brought him as well. The pizzas are cooked in a wood fire oven; so, they have that delicious brick oven flavor. The Italian bread and dipping sauce, marinara and spices, is incredible. The lasagna is savory, meaty, cheesy and scrumptious.

I will have to say, the desserts were the “icing on the cake,” no pun intended. I had a cappuccino, and we ordered the zeppole for everyone to enjoy. Oh. My. What a delight! These ricotta cheese filled Italian doughnuts with Nutella were phenomenal. We definitely made ourselves overstuffed with those. The cappuccino was yummy served with a crunchy and very tasteful (cookie) biscuit.

I’m so glad we were in the area, in the mood for Italian and decided to give this restaurant another shot. We will definitely be back!

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Tuesday’s Treats #187

Four65 Woodfire Bistro & Bar

Location: Highlands, NC

This place is very nice, albeit a bit pretentious, but you are in Highlands, and that’s just a bit pro quo in the restaurant business. It’s a pretty new bistro in town and on of the few open for lunch on Mondays; so, we decided to try it out. The menu is incredibly limited, and the wait staff is a bit slow, but the food is delicious.

We ordered the Caesar salad and Margherita pizza with pepperoni. Both were very, very good, and if we want pizza again while in Highlands, we will be back. If you’re into wine, beer and charcuterie, this will probably become your go to. They seem to have quite the selection.

As this isn’t quite our style, the rest of the menu was a bit too selective. A handful of salads and pizza choices, and what is on the menu is what you are allowed to order. NO SUBSTITUTES AND NO CHANGES is marked clearly on the menu, and it’s accurate. Missing the note on the pizza line, “(One item choice),” we asked for two toppings instead of one, and we were denied. It just is what it is.

Like I said, the food was really delicious; so, please, don’t be put off by my honest review. It’s worth going one time, and that must be a common thought, because it was quite packed when we went; although, it is a smaller restaurant. The grilled cheese selection with the root vegetable stew did look delicious, as well as, several other plate that went by.

I do hope they do well. They are located right beside the very popular Old Edward’s Inn that has Madison’s and the Wine Garden Cafe (don’t remember official name), which has been open for years, and Wolfgang’s and Restorante Paoletti’s is just across the street; so, the competition is tight. I just wish the chefs/owners would realize a bit more variety might allow for a bit larger clientele; but then, what do I know, I’m just a Georgia girl who loves traveling to Highlands to enjoy the day…many times, eating somewhere else before we arrive.

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Tuesday’s Treats #181

Mezzaluna Brick Oven Tap House

Location: Hendersonville, NC

This place is a great place to enjoy a nice lunch. It has a great atmosphere, and the staff is friendly. There are nice wooden booths, tables and chairs and a large high top bar. If you have a really large party, they’ve even got a really cool HUGE booth that will seat a gazillion. lol.

What is surprising is the menu. The host gave us about four of them, a regular lunch menu, a daily specials, a daily lunch cordials and then, the wine list. For the most part, it seems to be an italian fare, with build your own pizza (wood fire, brick oven), calzones, etc. However, the surprise was on the daily specials, they offered grilled swordfish, Chilean Sea Bass and grilled salmon and chicken marsala. It doesn’t really strike you as a “fancy” italian restaurant, but the menu defining offers it.

The cheese moons, pepperoni pizza, lasagna and calzone we ordered were all amazing. The cheese moons are just like mozzarella sticks, except in the shape of half moons, and they are yummy. Our son asked for Parmesan for his pizza, and the waiter brought fresh grated Parmesan on a side plate. Wow. The lasagna was like homemade, and I was so thankful I ordered the lunch special of 1/2 an order and a side salad. I could barely finish it, and my husband ate some of the salad. It was definitely a generous portion. The calzone was chocked full of the ingredients (you decide), and the crust was very tasty and just the right consistency: soft on the inside, cooked with a bit of a crunch on the outside and bottom.

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Tuesday’s Treats #177

Ian & JoJo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

Location: Waynesville, NC

This place was AMAZING!! They have only been open for about four months (about 6 when this posts), and they’re doing a fantastic job! The restaurant has a nice comfortable feel, and there are both booths and tables and chairs from which to choose. They also have a large meeting room for big families or gatherings.

The food was absolutely incredible. We ordered the stuffed garlic knots to begin. Oh. My. I could have just made those my meal! The garlic and butter made the rolls delicious, but then add the mozzarella and pepperoni… Holy! Moly!

Our youngest ordered the pepperoni pizza, and our oldest ordered the fettuccine Alfredo. My husband ordered the chicken panini, and I ordered the lasagna. Everything tasted fresh, homemade, and incredible. We would have to say the lasagna ‘took the prize.’ You could taste each individual ingredient, but they blended to create a culinary ‘phenomenon.’ As our oldest said, “It’s like an explosion of flavor in your mouth!” DELICIOUS!!

The owner even came to our table after we were done to make sure everything was satisfactory. She was precious.

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Tuesday’s Treats #176

KTCHN

Location: Brevard, NC

This place has a great atmosphere and really good food. The servers were nice, and we left full and happy. The vegetable beef soup we ordered as an appetizer was incredible. The special of the day was chicken fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and our son ordered “Lola’s Mac and cheese” with it. The chicken was a tad bit dry but had a great taste. The Mac and cheese was just like homemade and AMAZING. Our youngest ordered pepperoni pizza, and it was delicious. My husband ordered the prime rib sandwich, and it was very tasty. I had the chicken sandwich with bacon and an herb mayo. I don’t even like mayo, and it was incredible. They had several other items on the menu we’d have like to try. Maybe we’ll be back one day.

*Btw, yes, that IS the correct spelling! 😉

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Tuesday’s Treats #174

Big Mike’s Pizza

Brevard, NC

This place was busy, the room had cool motif, but the “corners” were a bit dirty; so, we were worried, at first, that we may have walked into a not so great place. Well, we were wrong! The waitress was so sweet, and she worked her tail off serving and cleaning the whole time we were there! The food was absolutely amazing!!

We ordered wings and a large medium pizza, half pepperoni and half supreme. Oh. My. Goodness. Everything was amazing! We will definitely be back!! What a great place!

Oh, and next time, we’re going to order a calzone. Two of these were served while we were there, and they looked amazing!!

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*Pic Creds: google images – i didn’t get any of my own pics while there! We were too hungry. Lol!

Tuesday’s Treats #172

Angelo’s Family Pizza & Pasta

Location: Waynesville, NC

Ok, first off, DO NOT go here if you’re dieting or trying to watch your calories, because it will only be a terrible, uphill battle! One of which you will fail miserably, unless you have the willpower of a stubborn mule! 😂 … Seriously, going to a restaurant like this and not trying to eat all the yummy offerings would just be silly.

The rolls alone must have 500 calories each! Oh, but they are simply scrumptious! Oh. My. Goodness. With all that buttery, garlicky, almost yeast roll-eske deliciousness, it took all I had in me to only eat one! I am still having a craving for them!

The pizza is so good as well! Our son got his own personal pepperoni, and we ordered the medium supreme. Oh. My. Goodness. It was so good! The pizza was so big, we thought the two of us could not finish… Shamelessly, we devoured every piece! 😂 (Our friends did get a piece to try!) Our friends ordered the broccoli, bacon and cheese pizza and the meat lovers, in personal sizes, and they loved each of theirs.

Honestly, the staff needs a refresh course in hospitality and serving “etiquette,” as they were just crowded around the front, talking, when we came in, and it took a little bit longer than necessary for them to finally come over. Yet, once we moved to the back room, the server we had and the atmosphere was great! We will definitely be back when we’re in the area!

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