OMN! (Oh, My Nosh!)
LVS Announces your Decadent Dish Winners for 2013
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photo by alison conklin
Favorite Italian & Favorite Wine List
The much-adored Italian eatery has everything going for it; a beautiful interior, warm ambience and a reputation that was built—in part—by a stellar menu of unforgettable food. Real Italian cooking is about properly executing simple ingredients and the crew at Molinari’s follows this philosophy to a tee. A sundry selection of antipasti, house-made pastas and cracker thin-crust pizzas complement an extensive, carefully curated wine list. While elastic waist pants may be in order by the end of meal, dessert is not to be missed. The sorbetto and gelato lists offer exotic combinations, but it’s the sea salt-sprinkled dark chocolate budino that leaves guests licking their spoons.
Anna Molinari, daughter of owners Fran and Cheri, says the secret behind the restaurant’s success can be attributed to a family trip to Italy where they learned about authentic, rustic Italian food and brought those techniques back to the States.
“We grew up eating Americanized versions of Italian and there’s nothing wrong with that—it was delicious but we wanted to learn about authentic Italian cooking.”
She also offers a nod to the local farmers and producers who supply much of the eatery’s fresh ingredients—partnerships she acknowledges that help make their food all the more special and have kept loyal diners coming back time and again.
Now that’s something that would make any Italian nonna proud.
322 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem | 610.625.9222 | molinarimangia.com
Josie’s New York Deli
It takes some serious chutzpah to call a delicatessen a “New York deli” outside of the Big Apple, but founder Josie Koury (daughter Kathy is the current owner) has every right to do so. The classic deli menu rivals fare from any city-slicker outfit. A fixture on Centre Square for years, this place doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel and that’s a good thing; gargantuan sandwiches like pastrami and tuna salad are large enough to feed a small (very hungry) army.
The deli’s real draw? Chicken Salad Tuesday—yes, the chicken salad is so famous that it’s earned its own day. Though the secret recipe is kept under lock and key by the tight-lipped owner, what is known is that Josie’s knows how to do deli right.
Everyone from local dignitaries to former residents coming back home to get their sandwich fix knows that if it’s authentic deli fare you seek, it’s Josie’s you want.
14 Centre Square, Easton | 610.252.5081