We went to the movies this morning to see “How to Train Your Dragon” (what can I say, I like kid’s movies), then headed over to Felice Italian Pork and Deli to get some subs. We’d read some good reviews of the place and the food did not disappoint.
It’s a small Italian deli that serves a bunch of subs plus has a variety of speciality food items in their store. There were a lot of customers in there which is always a good sign.
Loren ordered the Manhattan sub.
Roast beef and turkey on an Italian roll. The sub was huge. He only ate half of it and saved the rest for later. I ordered the meatball sub.
Mine was also huge and I only ate half of it. The meatballs themselves are really big and had incredible flavor. The sauce was really nice and the mozzarella cheese was one of the best parts of the sandwich.
And I couldn’t pass up a cannoli for dessert.
The cannoli was very tasty. The shell was nice and crispy and the filling very smooth. It had a few chocolate chips in it and some succade, which is a candied citrus peel.
We also bought some Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella cheese, and olives while we were there.
The two subs and cannoli ran us about $20.
Felice Italian Pork and Deli
29263 US 19 N
Tonight’s conversation on what to have for dinner ended up on sandwiches. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many decent sandwich shops open for dinner on Sunday night. We ended up at Paul’s Chicago Pizza in Clearwater.
We’d been here before a long time ago, but neither of us really remembered much about the food. The restaurant is pretty small and you have to order at the counter. You’d think they would put a sign by the door explaining this instead of the one cashier/waitress having to walk out and tell everyone the same thing.
Loren ordered the Italian Beef sub.
He said the beef was tender, but on its own, didn’t have much flavor. That’s where the aujous came into play. That was really tasty. The crusty gonnella roll let it soak right in. It came with 4 wedge fries that weren’t much to write home about.
I got the meatball parmesan sub.
The meatballs were homemade, but didn’t really have a lot of flavor. The same with the sauce, it was fairly bland. It wasn’t a bad sandwich, by any means, but not something I’d go out of my way for to order again.
And since there were cannoli on the menu, I had to have one.
I’m picky when it comes to cannoli. The first thing I tasted in this one was cinnamon and that’s not the flavor I want in a cannoli. It also had some chocolate chips in it, again, not what I’m looking for. The filling itself had a nice texture, and the shell was crispy, but it was a little too thick. Now, don’t think I didn’t eat the entire thing, because I did, but I’m still searching for that perfect cannoli.
Total bill was $19 including a drink.
Paul’s Chicago Pizza
1500 N McMullen Booth Rd, Ste A11
Loren picked me up for lunch today and I had a cheesesteak craving, so we headed over to Marina’s in Westchase on Linebaugh for lunch.
I’ve been to Marina’s a few times, but I don’t think I’ve ever had anything but their cheesesteaks. Today they had a 1/2 size on special with fries and a drink. That’s probably a good thing since their regular size cheesesteak is huge!
It was ooey and gooey and cheesy, but the bread wasn’t as soft as I like it. I think they use a different roll on the full size sub. Not the best cheesesteak I’ve ever had, but it definitely fills you up.
Loren got the Italian sub. He said it was good, but lacked something. Then he doused it with oil and vinegar and that did the trick.
For $13, we got 2 subs, fries and a drink. Marina’s also has pizza and other Italian dishes. One of these days, I’ll try something other than the cheesesteak.
Marina’s Pizza and Pasta
12121 W Linebaugh Ave
We had just ordered our drinks at Fish Tail Willy’s when the power went out in the entire shopping center. We waited for a few minutes, but when the lights didn’t come back on, we decided to find another place to go for dinner.
Angellino’s in Palm Harbor changed hands and is now called Jonny Garlic’s. Not the Johnny Garlic’s of Guy Fieri fame, just a local restaurant with a slighly different spelling on the name.
We both ordered soup to start off with. I got the pasta fagiole and Loren got the New England clam chowder.
Both were really good. I could have eaten a big ol’ bowl of soup with some bread and been quite happy.
The bread was tasty too, there just wasn’t enough of it. Loren ordered the chicken marsala for dinner.
Two chicken breasts with onions, mushrooms and prosciutto plus a side of smashed potatoes. He said it was tasty, but there was so much of it that half of it came home for lunch tomorrow.
I narrowed my choices down to the lobster ravioli or the fettucine alfredo. Since I’m compelled to try the alfredo at every restaurant I go to, that’s what I ordered.
It was a huge plate of pasta. The sauce was good and it had a hint of nutmeg I think. By the time I was full, my plate didn’t look much different than when I started. I brought the rest home as leftovers even though I know alfredo sauce does not reheat well.
The dessert menu was on the table and we both took one look at it and had to order the caramel lava cake.
I’ve had chocolate lava cakes before and when you scoop into it all sorts of gooey chocolate oozes out of it. The caramel didn’t quite behave that way though. The caramel just seemed to sink into the cake, so it seemed more as though the cake wasn’t cooked quite enough. Don’t get me wrong, it tasted pretty good, but I was expecting an oozing flow of caramel when we cut into it and it just didn’t happen.
The food didn’t seem any different than when it was Angellino’s. The restaurant wasn’t all that busy for a Friday night, but the weather could have been a factor. Total bill ran us about $37 and we both have plenty of leftovers for tomorrow.
Jonny Garlic’s Italian Grill
33180 US 19 N
Palm Harbor, FL
We had a Restaurant.com coupon for Sophia’s in Clearwater, $25 off a total bill of $35, so we headed out there for dinner. There weren’t any other customers there when we arrived, but we figured it was probably just slow because it was a rainy Thursday night.
The owner brought us some menus and while we were looking them over another customer came in and sat at the counter. She started chatting with the owner who told her she was going out of business tonight because the landlord raised the rent.
At this point, we started to question whether or not we should eat dinner there, but the owner came by the table and said she didn’t have everything on the menu, but could make most things.
We decided to give it a try since we had the coupon anyway and she was willing to honor it. We started out with some cheese sticks.
The sauce was tasty and the cheese sticks were pretty good. Loren got the chicken caccitore.
He liked it. I got the baked ziti with ricotta and meatballs and was less than impressed.
The meatballs were obviously out of a bag and there wasn’t any ricotta in it at all. I didn’t like the sauce either, it was a little too garlicy for me.
About half way through our meal, the U-haul truck shows up and they started dismantling the restaurant around us. People were moving out kitchen equipment and taking things off the walls. It felt a little awkward. We got our bill, dropped a $20 on the table and headed out. Even if they weren’t closing their doors, I doubt I’d have gone back.
Sofia’s Italian Restaurant
1710 N. Hercules Ave
We were heading out to John Chestnut Park to search for some geocaches today. Needed something filling to keep us going all afternoon, so stopped at Vetture’s Restaurant in Palm Harbor for lunch.
I like cheesesteaks and the one at Vetture’s is very yummy. Lots of cheesy goodness, onions and mushrooms. Loren got the Italian sub and we were both stuffed by the time we were done. Their 6 inch subs seem a lot bigger than any other 6 inch subs I’ve had elsewhere.
Two subs and a drink ran us $16.
Vetture’s Restaurant and Pizzeria
36137 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL
Since I was off work today, we headed out to a matinee of “The Book of Eli”. It was an interesting movie. Stopped for lunch at Niko’s Pizza and Seafood in Oldsmar.
They had a lot of items on their specials board today. I chose the meatball parmesean sub and Loren got the turkey club. Both were served with fries. The meatball sub was good. I’m picky about meatballs and these were homemade and tasty. Lots of cheese and the sauce was good too.
Niko’s is a small, local restaurant and we’ve always gotten good food there. Their prices aren’t bad either. $18 for two subs, fries and a drink.
Niko’s Pizza and Seafood
3705 Tampa Road