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press photos by mark reccekTaste of Italy Bar & Grille general manager Franco Grisafi welcomes customers to the restaurant. His father, Nicolo Grasafi, is the restaurant owner. press photos by mark reccekTaste of Italy Bar & Grille general manager Franco Grisafi welcomes customers to the restaurant. His father, Nicolo Grasafi, is the restaurant owner.
Catasauqua residents Barbara and Robert Searfass enjoy an evening out recently, as waitress Katie Hoch serves them. Robert was celebrating his 77th birthday. Catasauqua residents Barbara and Robert Searfass enjoy an evening out recently, as waitress Katie Hoch serves them. Robert was celebrating his 77th birthday.

Restaurant offers a ‘taste of Italy’

Thursday, February 11, 2016 by ZACH hottinger Special to The Press in Local News

A bottle of red, a bottle of white, it all depends upon your appetite. I’ll meet you anytime you want, at the Taste of Italy Restaurant.

Okay, those are not quite the lyrics to Billy Joel’s 1977 hit, “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.” But the Taste of Italy Ristorante, located on 1860 Catasauqua Road in Hanover Township, Lehigh County, has been serving up the Lehigh Valley authentic Italian cuisine since 2003. With time comes change, as the restaurant has embarked on a new path. In 2015, it tweaked the name and remodeled its interior. Taste of Italy Ristorante is now known as Taste of Italy Bar & Grille.

But don’t worry; the business is still under the same ownership, so, although the look has changed, the quality and service are still front and center.

Franco Grisafi is the current operator of Taste of Italy, having taken over the business from his father. With a mixture of heritage and modern restaurant culture in his blood, Grisafi believes the new bar atmosphere has provided the eatery a new standard for dining excellence.

“Passion is extremely important,” Grisafi says. “Without a strong passion for this lifestyle, a bar can go stale very quickly. I love what I do because there is always something new in the bar, and the possibilities are endless.”

Taste of Italy’s bar includes multiple craft and local beer selections from both a tap and bottle selection. The bar also features two wine taps to go alongside an extensive choice of hand-selected bottled wine that pair perfectly with Taste of Italy’s exquisite entrées.

Included on the menu are bread dipped in rich oil, salad made with the freshest ingredients, pizza cooked to perfection and enough pasta to fill a family of four with one dish. The Taste of Italy brings both food and drink specials together into one delicious hot spot.

The new bar atmosphere is both business casual and couple friendly. Grisafi invites patrons to try his personal favorite, ,the Italian limoncello martini, after a long day of work, or to sip down a glass of Motto red zinfandel while dining with family and friends. For the more adventurous, there is the midnight espresso martini, which is a twist on an espresso and dessert cocktail, a perfect taste to end a perfect evening.

Open every day at 11 a.m. and generally open until around 10 p.m., Taste of Italy is just down the street from the Carmike 16 as well as Coca-Cola Park, so it is the perfect Lehigh Valley spot for any date, activity or family get together.

For reservations, call 610-266-8011 or log on to tasteofitalypa.com where residents can also find information on catering offered by the restaurant, as well as an extensive look at the menus for lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks.