Just a Couple Blocks from the Botera Horse
The Italian restaurant is getting culinary kudos both from reviewers and diners. I wanted to see what all the buzz was about. So a while back, I said to my daughter, “Let’s go to Peno this weekend.”
“How do you spell that?” she asked.
“P-e-n-o, as in the drink: peno colada.”
“That’s ‘pina colada’,” she said.
I responded defensively. “No matter. From now on you’ll think of the drink and remember the restaurant name.”
She sighed. “Whatever,” she replied. “I’ll let you know if I get a reservation.”
Minutes later, I received a text message: “Got a reservation for 5:30 at Pina Colada. Will pick you up at 5:15.”
Southern Italian in the Heart of Clayton
There’s now a half dozen, or more, good Italian restaurants in the Clayton area besides several pizza joints. At the rate we’re going, Clayton may compete with The Hill for Italian, down home, country-style cooking.
A Serendipitous Discovery
Several terrific looking pizzas passed our table as servers made deliveries to customers. I noted from the menu that some Peno pizzas had unique toppings: potatoes, raisins, pine nut, fennel sausage, wild mushrooms, fontina, and goat cheese.
This is not your average Pizza Hut offering. There’s a wow factor here. To test my first impression, I later ordered several of the pies for a family gathering. Good choice.