I was cruising around The Hill recently and decided to stop for dinner at Anthonino’s Taverna. Good choice; bad timing. It was Saturday evening and people were standing around outside waiting for tables. We drove on.
But this week I was with my grandson, Austin, and we were near The Hill and looking for a lunch spot. We drove along Macklind and ta-da! There was a parking place right beside Anthonino’s! In we went.
An Italian-Greek Menu
Anthonino’s is a place that has so much goodness packed into its Italian-Greek menu, it’s hard to make a choice. I’m always drawn to their award-winning dishes: the Toasted Ravioli with Marinara Sauce and the House Salad. The salad is something of a Italian-Greek mélange. That’s not surprising since the Scarato brothers, who own the place, are of Italian-Greek heritage.
After much indecision, we decided to split a Ricotta Pizza, that comes topped with meatballs, mozzarella and pancetta.
Normally, I’m a Thin-Crust Gal
Now I’m a thin-crust gal and Anthonino’s is a medium-crust kind of place. Even though the crust is a little thicker than I normally order, it’s divine and as good as any I’ve ever had—anywhere!
Pizza is served on an elevated rack, which makes for a whimsical presentation, as well as extra space on the table. It’s fun to hoist a slice of pizza from the tray and watch the cheese cling and swirl as you wag it onto your plate, leaving a trail of toppings behind.
There’s so many good reasons to return to Anthonino’s. I’ve yet to explore the Greek side of the menu, for heaven’s sake!—the saganaki, spanakopita, gyro, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves).
(Photo) Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives visits Anthonino’s kitchen.
Anthonino’s Taverna, 2225 Macklind Avenue on The Hill. Open: Mon-Sat 11a-10p. Closed Sundays. Owners: Brothers Anthony and Rosario Scarato.