Pierce Pioneer

savory sandwiches

Healani Brennan
Staff Writer

Sandwich from PaneraSandwiches are easy to make, delicious to eat, and are usually served fast. They are a perfect food for students.

Some restaurants in the Lakewood area serve up a variety of sandwiches that appeal to all types of people including meat eaters and vegetarians.

A perfect place for those that love hole-in-the-wall type eateries is the French Hen Bistro. This small, homely venue serves some savory-tasting meat choices and a unique veggie sandwich. What sets it apart from other veggie picks is that it has a cranberry cream cheese spread and sunflower seeds in it giving it a sweet kick to the stomach.

The flavors in the sandwiches mesh together, leaving customers satisfied and full. This is a pricier venue and also offers soups, salads, and grilled Panini style sandwiches, but each meal comes with a dish of smooth milk chocolates.

The Lakewood Towne Center has two locations that serve up a variety of sandwiches. For students that either have evening classes or just don’t get out of class until the afternoon, have Panera Bread. This chain restaurant serves not only sandwiches but also soups, salads, pastas, and bakery items.

Vegetarian options are provided as well as grilled or mix and match combos with salads or soups. The Moon Rise Café closes at 2:30 p.m. so students that have morning or early afternoon classes can dine here.

Gluten free, vegetarian, and meat choices are available, as well as a joint place that serves smoothies, milkshakes, and fruit shakes. Both venues are great for students to relax and chat, but Panera tends to be less pricey than the Moon Rise Café.

A more cultural choice would be the Hess German Bakery and Deli. It doubles as a mini grocery store as well, offering multiple German items. Not many vegetarian options are available so it’s great for carnivores as well as people that want something different than a typical American Cuisine.

The bakery next door to it offers fewer sandwich options than the main venue and is priced unreasonably. The cake they serve is not anything special and actually quite tasteless. The cake that was served was becoming stale so it had some rough textures. Don’t mistake this place for the Hess German Bakery and Deli.

Lakewood is highly cultural with many hidden gems where students can have fun and try new things. Restaurants are a good place to start exploring other cultures and personal preferences.

Deluxe delivers

Valerie Ettenhofer
Staff Writer

A small, square building on the corner of Steilacoom Boulevard and Bridgeport Way would be easy to pass by during a busy commute home from classes. Luckily, DeLoDelongs Burgersngs DeLuxe sports a candy-cane striped exterior and a simple “BURGERS, SHAKES, FRIES” sign that begs for a pit stop.

The sign’s no-nonsense sensibility continues inside—or rather, outside, as the family-owned restaurant offers only a walk-up window and picnic seating reminiscent of fair burger stands.

The menu, largely burgers and hot dogs, includes meals sure to please any carnivore’s palette. Burgers topped with everything from bleu cheese to onion rings or chili offer the succulent variety of a nice restaurant at a fast-food price.

DeLongs, which has hosted long lines, rain or shine, since its opening last month, may be the working man’s protein-based heaven and the busy student’s guilty pleasure. Hearty but unhealthy food choices abound on a deep-fried menu as well as three vegetarian options.

Though DeLong’s may not be easy on the arteries, its food is undeniably tasty. A special sauce, fresh ground beef and delicious Tillamook cheese elevate its burgers above microwave-using, rubber-cheese competitors.

Adding to the atmosphere of a fine fairgrounds meal are the staff, who are friendly and efficient, jotting down orders on white paper bags through an open window.

In the spirit of a similar beloved eatery, Frugals, DeLong’s biggest appeal lies in the second and third items advertised on their succinct sign. Crispy, filling french fries have none of the limp greasiness those hungry customers settle for elsewhere.

Finally, DeLong’s offers thick but creamy milkshakes in every flavor imaginable. Unlike Frugals, they don’t play with a flavor of the month system, instead allowing a 24/7 sugar rush from flavors like marshmallow, cherry, creamsicle and hot fudge.

These share the menu with eight other intriguing and in some cases uncommon flavors, many of which are available as ice cream sundaes as well.

The next time a craving for a good old-fashioned meal strikes during class, remember that happiness is only seven minutes away by car.

Coffee Comparison: quality local coffee for busy students

Healani Brennan
Staff Writer

For most college students, coffee is a staple used to get through the day. School coffee is convenient but never tastes as good as it should.

Some local shops take only a couple minutes to drive to, and are worth it for a latte that doesn’t taste like coffee-flavored water.

The Two Teaspoons Café is a cozy coffee shop located in waterside Steilacoom with a brilliant view of the Puget Sound and mountains. An outside deck is available for customers to sit and look out on the water while enjoying a hot cup of joe.

For people that love stronger coffee with less sugary syrup, this is the place to go. Its coffee is of a much better quality than the highly caloric drinks offered by competitors, and it is also more affordable.

At the Two Teaspoons, people have the option to get their coffee to go or in a cup that allows for lounging around.

The service is also great, a rare quality these days. Along with coffee, patrons can purchase muffins and sandwiches made fresh daily.

For individuals that don’t have a taste for coffee, the hot chocolate has a spectacular, rich chocolate flavor. There is no strange aftertaste as one will find with most coffee chains, and it is actually fudgy-tasting.

Another local stop with top-notch coffee is Panera Bread, located at the Towne Center. Most food chains don’t have great coffee, especially Starbucks, but Panera brews a sweeter, better tasting coffee.

Strong flavors are not for everyone. Some people do like more flavoring, and Panera Bread will surely satisfy those individuals. Their iced coffee is just as good as the hot, and they also offer teas and sodas if one is looking for non-caffeinated drinks.

Black Bear Yogurt’s selection blends nicely with their frozen yogurt. The flavor choices are minimal but are affordable and taste good.

Their coffee is similar to Panera Bread, but their location is closer to campus—located across from Albertson’s. They also have a nice combination of hot and cold tastes when one purchases both frozen yogurt and coffee, even offering ‘yogato’ which mixes espresso with frozen yogurt.

Meals for deals

Create quick bites on a budget

Connie Woodhouse
Contributing Writer

We all know that inflation is on the rise, for some of us paying for our college tuition can be a challenge. Life adds up very quickly, and we still need to eat.  If you’re like me, you want to stretch your dollar and get your money’s worth. Here is one recipe that saves money, flavors your dinner and is fun for the whole family.

If you’re a pizza lover you’ll enjoy this Easy Pleases Pizza recipe, one of my family favorites made with fewer than 10 dollars. Start by preheating the oven to 375 degrees. From there, cut either Ciabatta or French bread into halves, arranging them on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle the bread with olive oil and place the bread in the oven for five to ten minutes depending on the crispness you desire.

Next, remove the pan from the oven and place your bargain pasta sauce over the crust, spreading it evenly. Add peppers, onions, mushrooms and your favorite meat, top it with cheese, and then you are done!

You can also serve a salad along with it. Remember, this is your pizza. Have fun with it! You can prepare and experience great meals while spending only ten bucks and under.

Finding items at a cheap price isn’t as hard as some of us like to think. A lot of grocery stores have great offers if you know what to look for. Some name brands cost a lot more when you can get the same product at a lower cost by comparing prices while you’re shopping.

Easy Pleases Pizza

Prep: 10 minutes

Bake: 10-15 minutes

What you need:

4 ciabatta or one loaf of French bread

¼ cup olive oil (optional)

1 16 oz. can of pasta sauce

8 oz. Italian cheese blend (optional) chose of cheese that will melt

½ cup slice onions

½ green red yellow bell peppers (optional)

¼ cup of mushrooms   (optional)

½ cup of your favorite meat, chicken, ham, beef, and sausage (optional)

Fried food is not the only option any more

Students are offered a wider variety of foods in the campus cafeteria

Andrea Bell
Staff Writer

     Rushing around between classes there is no time to run to the store to pick up a lunch, meaning it’s home packed or cafeteria.

     The cafeteria food is reasonably priced but not always the healthiest option. The majority of the food coming from “The College Grill” and the food making up that menu the typical fries, grilled cheese and hamburgers.

     Great as a quick fix for any hungry student, but are students sacrificing the convenience for nutrition?

     The cafeteria offers many healthy options such as salads, and sandwiches, as well as daily soups. However these tend cost more than the value deals on the menu at “The College Grill”. Although mildly more nutritious it hurts a college students wallet a little more.

     The cafeteria also offers noodle dishes; these too are slightly more expensive. However, with a wider variety of veggies and meats added to the noodles this provides one with a wider variety of nutrients.

     Besides the main dishes the cafeteria also offers fruit and vegetable cups as well as humus, which is a vegetarian spread that offers a great source of protein.

     These too are on the pricey side meaning they range from two to three dollars and they are just side dishes, they wouldn’t be filling.

     The food choices being limited will almost always come down to something from the grill, because they are way cheaper, and who doesn’t love a big order of salty fries after of between classes. However, with out even adding a drink the food can already bump one up close to their daily caloric intake level.

     Drinks are a completely different ball field. The cafeteria offers many different types of drinks, from soda to water and everything in-between. Soda isn’t the best thing to wash the fries down with however, because it just adds to the fatty sugary intake.

     The cafeteria is the easiest place to buy food for a busy college student, but as with any fast foods they should be enjoyed in moderation as like anything else. So don’t be afraid to change it up every once in a while and try the fruit or salads, even sandwiches.

Fried food is not the only option any more

Watermelon is one of the many healthy choices that can be found in the cafeteria on a daily basis, although watermelon is not the only fruit that can be found in the cafeteria. Fruit cups cost roughly $2-$3.

Students are offered a wider variety of foods in the campus cafeteria
Andrea Bell
Staff Writer
Rushing around between classes there is no time to run to the store to pick up a lunch, meaning it’s home packed or cafeteria.

The cafeteria food is reasonably priced but not always the healthiest option. The majority of the food coming from “The College Grill” and the food making up that menu the typical fries, grilled cheese and hamburgers.

Great as a quick fix for any hungry student, but are students sacrificing the convenience for nutrition?

The cafeteria offers many healthy options such as salads, and sandwiches, as well as daily soups. However these tend cost more than the value deals on the menu at “The College Grill”. Although mildly more nutritious it hurts a college students wallet a little more.

The cafeteria also offers noodle dishes; these too are slightly more expensive. However, with a wider variety of veggies and meats added to the noodles this provides one with a wider variety of nutrients.

Besides the main dishes the cafeteria also offers fruit and vegetable cups as well as humus, which is a vegetarian spread that offers a great source of protein.

These too are on the pricey side meaning they range from two to three dollars and they are just side dishes they wouldn’t be filling.

The food choices being limited will almost always come down to something from the grill, because they are way cheaper, and who doesn’t love a big order of salty fries after or between classes. However, with out even adding a drink the food can already bump one up close to their daily caloric intake level.

Drinks are a completely different ball field. The cafeteria offers many different types of drinks, from soda to water and everything in-between. Soda isn’t the best thing to wash the fries down with however because it just adds to the fatty sugary intake.

Cafeteria is the easiest place to buy food for a busy college student, but as with any fast foods they should be enjoyed in moderation as like anything else. So don’t be afraid to change it up every once in a while and try the fruit or salads, even sandwiches.

Anthem Tea and Coffee, reinventing cafe scene

Trisha Frey/ Staff Photo

Seattle coffee shop revolutionizing traditional establishment by serving coffee, tea, beer and wine

Anthem Coffee and Tea, a centrally located coffee shop in Tacoma, has a fresh new take on the traditional café.

Right across the street from the University of Washington campus, the shop provides free wi-fi, a comfortable place to get some studying done and chat with friends. The shop is small, and customers might find themselves a bit crowded on a busy day.

Anthem Coffee serves all the traditional coffee shop fare including teas, coffees and pastries, and also offers a selection of beer and wine. Anthem has six beers on tap, most local or from the Pacific Northwest. They also carry wines from the area.

The café carries a small amount of food, most commonly sandwiches and breakfast pastries. Anthem is currently working with a chef to develop a larger, more intricate menu.

The price of drinks is comparable to nearby Starbucks, but the quality is much better. A 16-ounce chai tea latte cost about $4 and tasted better than their corporate competitor. Instead of the chai latte at Starbucks that tastes mostly of steamed milk, this drink has more of an identifiable tea flavor.

Mochas costs about $4.50 and have the decadence a rich hot chocolate. The espresso is prominent, but the chocolate tastes authentic and not like powdered mix or chocolate flavoring. Dark chocolate fans will definitely enjoy the Anthem mocha.

What really made the Anthem experience enjoyable was the atmosphere in the café. The tables, chairs and bar were made of weathered wood. The interior design made use of various cream and white colors as well as browns, greys, and blacks.

The brightness in the room predominantly came from the art of the customer. The tables and even the bar are made of chalkboard, which allow patrons to draw, write, and be otherwise expressive while enjoying their beverages and food. Anthem also offers live music, and a bible study on Thursday nights for people ages eighteen to thirty.

Anthem will be having their official grand opening on March 2, where band Roman Holiday will be headlining at 9 p.m. Potential customers can find Anthem Coffee and Tea at 1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma. They are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

Written by: Joie Sullivan

The French Hen, great food made from scratch

Lakewood restaurant has great, homemade food transformed into quaint bistro with European twist

25 years of chocolate making experience combined with a love of fresh, original food has culminated in the reopening of a quaint Lakewood bistro.
Edie Rahlf, Manager and Chocolatier of The French Hen, started making chocolates about 25 years ago from home. This hobby of experimentation soon became a passion worth pursuing.
“25 years ago there wasn’t the Internet, there wasn’t the food network and I couldn’t find any books on tempering chocolate. So I made thousands of dollars worth of mistakes and I learned as I went along,” Rahlf said.
Six years ago Rahlf felt ready to put her plan of selling these chocolates into action and started renting restaurant space after hours to do her work. This proved more of a financial burden then she had hoped.
Rahlf explained, “If I am going to make 1,000 chocolates it takes me four or five days, and to rent a restaurant after hours costs about $75 a day.”
This costly sum pushed her toward buying an already established restaurant, what was then and is still called The French Hen. Though this purchase came with its own clientele, it also came with its own set menu that didn’t appeal to the fresh, scratch-made style Rahlf prides herself on.
“When we started the menu was much more rudiment then it is now. It was just soups and sandwiches, and [the previous owner] didn’t even make her soups. The name eluded more to the décor,” Rahlf said.
Though Rahlf disagreed with the standing menu, the clientele was more important. She began to revise the menu to add fresher ingredients without changing the style of the dishes.
All of the soups are homemade, a Frenchman by the name of Pierre makes the deserts and during the summer she creates a garden next to the restaurant. From this garden she uses all the lettuce and herbs she can.
The restaurant itself is quaint. For each section there is a different theme corresponding to mismatched French bistros. One of the unique qualities of the restaurant is the fact the tables, chairs, plates, bowls and other dishware don’t match.
I had the opportunity to try the French Onion soup that was made fresh that morning, the Rick Monster Panini and the tropical themed dessert.
The soup was some of the best I’ve had in a long time. The onions were heavily caramelized and the broth was incredibly rich. It was presented in a ramekin with a single cheesy croton on top.
The sandwich was a combination of pepper jack cheese, chopped jalapeños and sliced beef all on thick sliced bread. The bread they use is nice and soft in the center and has a crunchy crust on the outside.
As wonderful as the meal was, the dessert was even more beautiful. It was this white cake with chocolate designs on the base, a passion fruit topping, a coconut cream and berry soaked center. It was a delightful combination of sweet and fruit flavors.
The 25 years of chocolate making that this restaurant was built on is given freely at the end of a meal. Beautifully designed truffles are presented as a teaser to introduce customers to the product, and then countless other varieties are available for purchase.
This restaurant far exceeded expectations, and I would encourage anyone to go there to experience unique style and amazing food.

Written by Daniel Conrad

Joeseppi’s, from district senate to restaurants

Joeseppis owner, Joe stortini, has been in the restaurant business for almost 20 years, but it wasn’t always about food.
Stortini started his career as a teacher and after years of instructing American Government classes he decided to run for the 27 District Senate Position and won. After a 24-year political career, Joe decided that he wanted to open a restaurant.
The first restaurant he opened was called Mama Stortini’s in University Place, but he sold it after five years. Then there was the opening of Joeseppis.
Joeseppis is a great family restaurant run by a loving family. When patrons walk into Joeseppis, they have the choice of sitting in the main restaurant or eating in their New York style Italian deli.
Half of the deli’s menu is only available before 5 p.m., and the other half after 5 p.m.
The deli offers anything from meatball sandwiches and an Italian roast beef dip to pizza. Every sandwich comes with a choice of potato chip, soup, salad or Parmesan cheese fries.

Throughout his life Joe Stortini has been a teacher, senator and now owns a great Italian restaurant

Joeseppis’ pizzas are also offered on the main restaurant’s menu. Anything from the classic marguerite to the ham and pineapple or even garlic chicken made with a homemade Alfredo sauce.
In the main restaurant Joeseppis offers a number of appetizers to choose from such as crab, shrimp and artichoke dip, Calamari and Garlic Cheese bread.
When it comes to the main entrees, Joeseppis offers a variety of pastas and sauces as well as other Italian classics.
If you are a pasta lover, Joeseppis’ cheese tortellini with Alfredo sauce has been one of the best pasta plates I’ve had in a long time, and their large portions satisfy even the hungriest of customers. A plate of pasta can feed two people or serve as lunch for the next day.
On their entrée menu, Joeseppis offers chicken cacciatore and eggplant parmigiana, which is available in both chicken and veal. They also offer a Salmon fillet, Rib-eye steak, five-layer lasagna and pasta primavera.
Every entrée or pasta dinner comes with your choice of house salad or soup and fresh bread with garlic butter.
Joeseppis offers a salad and soup menu with five different types of salads and two soups. During this cold and flu season, Joeseppis’ Cheese tortellini and chicken soup is a must. Hot chicken broth with huge pieces of chicken breast, cheese tortellini and spices sure makes this soup a favorite.
The restaurant’s side menu offers Italian sausage links, Parmesan cheese fries and Joeseppis famous meatballs. The meatballs come in an order of two, topped with their homemade marinara sauce and a bunch of freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Joeseppis is a restaurant with a great atmosphere, and for those lucky patrons offered the VIP table, they receive a free appetizer and photos the whole family can enjoy.
The restaurant is walk-in, but if people are with large groups, they are more than welcome to call for a reservation. For more information visit their website www.joeseppis.com or give them a call at 253-716-5555.

Written by Krizia Rodriguez

Take a trip down the line at Lakewood’s AAA

 

The AAA Buffet just off of exit 127 has a unique and diverse spread of great quality Asian quinine at a low price.

At only $8.99 for lunch and $12.99 for dinner a lower quality of food might be expected, but this buffet is beating the stereotype providing customers with anything from a full Mongolian barbecue to a variety of sushi rolls, dumplings and the more traditional Asian buffet entrees.

From the outside, the establishment looks like a department store as it is the biggest front in the small strip of stores, and the name itself does not exhibit the quality found inside. Just in the door there is a front counter at which customers purchase the number of buffets their party will be eating.

There are long tables elaborately decorated with the wide variety of food, and groups of tables to the left and right making up two separated dinning areas. On the right side there is also a stage with small-multicolored LEDs presumably set for some sort of karaoke or game show event.

The atmosphere is what the customer makes of it. Since there is no formal service, they can take their time making trips to the buffet and enjoying the company they brought with them.

Though the entire buffet is impressive, there are three unique, main features that should be recognized. The first is the table of sushi. Each roll is different, and the sushi chefs are left to their own creativity, so the customer may see as many as 20 different rolls during one visit to this establishment.

Anything from the simple California rolls to elaborate smoked fish rolls can be seen at this table.

A second feature is the dumpling and soup table. They have four different varieties of dumpling including wontons, pork dumplings and sticky buns. The soups are on the same table in double boilers; they have egg drop, sweet and sour and wonton soups.

The last, and probably most impressive feature that makes this buffet unique would be the Mongolian barbecue. They have a table filled with raw vegetables and meats that customers can choose from and give to the cook to sauté on the flat top.

There are peppers, onion, pineapple, and different types of cabbage. The meats include shrimp, beef, chicken and pork chopped into small piece. The cook or grill master will sauté the vegetables and meats with the appropriate sauce and hand it back when he is finished.

The flavors in this dish are fantastic. I got the fresh shrimp in the sauté and they were cooked perfectly.

The layout, execution and foods contained in this buffet are extraordinary. The restaurant is a professionally run establishment and I intend to frequent it. If readers have any suggestions or ideas for future reviews please send them into the pioneer and email me at [email protected]

Interpreting Indian traditions with spicy food

 

India is the most famous country in terms of spicy foods. Thousands of spicy dishes constantly attract visitors to India.

The country is diverse like America with different religions, continents and casts that all have their specials traditions and foods. The most common and famous dishes in India are Biryani, Qaliya, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, Tandoori Chicken, Naan, Dosa and Idli Sambhar.

Without spices, the Indian people can’t imagine creating dishes, which sometimes need more than 10 varieties of spices. A rice dish called “Biryani” contains more than 15 spices, and is the common choice of the Indian citizen.

Qaliya, Butter Chicken, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Tandoori are all dishes originally used by Mughal Emperors who ruled more than 800 years in India. Although India has millions of Vegetarian peoples, the majority enjoys meat. Indian people commonly eat Dosa, Idli and Wada Sambhar and they may be made with spices, chilies, pickles, sunflower and coconut oil.

In Lakewood I had the opportunity to find the Indian restaurant named “Great Cuisine of India.” When I entered the restaurant I saw that they had many traditional Indian foods. The fine smell of spices and well-styled tables invited curiosity and hunger.

While looking at the menu items I got confused as to what order they were in because they had more than 70 dishes. The many items were divided by subgroups like Chicken, Soup and Salad, Lamb, Tandoori, Vegetarian, Rice specialties and Tandoori Naan.

According to restaurant owner Mr. Jay Kohli they have been serving for more than 11 years and American people tend to love the spicy foods. Military people who have been to Asian countries visit the restaurant regularly and comment saying, “we truly miss spicy Asian foods but we are thankful we have the Indian restaurant … ”

Butter Chicken Masala and Chicken Tikka Masala eaten most often by American customers. Each of these dishes can be customized in level of spice and chili too. Butter Chicken is cooked in a creamy tomato sauce, with a blend of spices, and Chicken Tikka Masala is cooked in onion gravy, a creamy tomato sauce and spices.

Tandoori Chicken is also a famous dish of India that is made up of bone-in-chicken marinated with spices, yogurt, garlic, ginger and is cooked in a Tandoor (Tandoor is a special kind of clay oven). Vegetarian people have many different choices like Daal Maharani, Chana Masala, Jeera Aalo, Bhindi Masala, Aalo Gobhi and lots of others.

Another spicy menu item that attracts spice lovers is the Tandoori Naan. More than 10 types of Naan (Chapati) are available in the restaurant, but the specialties are the garlic cheese naan and Roti. Garlic naan is cooked in clay oven, topped with garlic and stuffed with homemade cheese and spices.

International spicy food items combined with low prices makes this restaurant heaven for spice-lovers.

9518 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW. Lakewood.

(253)581-1333 www.greatcuisineofindia.com

Mama Stortini’s serving up authentic Italian

Mama Stortini’s is an Italian restaurant with great atmosphere, music and big smiles and is worth the 25-minute drive to Puyallup.

Mama Stortini’s is a two-level restaurant specifically designed so that the top floor is the restaurant area, bar and kitchen, and the lower floor is solely for catering, banquets, weddings or just a private family dinner.

In their catering office they offer a variety of menus from their traditional Italian food to other types of cuisine. Mama Stortini’s also offers wedding planning services including putting the customer in contact with their list of vendors.

The restaurant has a welcoming environment with a menu of Italian food mixed with some American favorites. They have tables in the main dining room as well as some tables around the bar.

When customers are seated the staff get their drink order and bring them the complementary house bread with a side of tomato relish.

Mama Stortini’s has a wide selection of appetizers from Parmesan Crusted Mozzarella, Crispy Calamari and BBQ Pork Sliders, but my favorite by far is the Mama’s Toasted Garlic Cheese Bread.

Everything they make is fresh and hot when ordered. Their Crusted Mozzarella melts in your mouth with every bite and the cheese bread is crunchy but still maintains a gooey texture because of the cheese.

They also have a large selection of soups and salads but the most famous one, and Mama’s favorite, is the French Onion Soup. The soup is made with caramelized sweet onions, beef broth with a hint of brandy and sweet vermouth, topped with a garlic butter crouton and Swiss cheese.

When it comes to their entrees, Mama Stortini’s has a huge selection. They have everything from burgers, pizzas, seafood and meats, sandwiches and oven baked pastas. They also offer gluten free and vegetarian options.

They offer customizable pastas. The customer may choose one or two types of pasta and sauce, and can also add a number of toppings.

I have a favorite and always order the same thing every time I go, the Baked Chicken Parmesan. It is made with crispy chicken breast topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese with a side of spaghetti, but you exchange it for any type of pasta and sauce you like.

They also offer fresh salmon, petite filet mignon and lamb shank.

Mama Stortini’s offers reasonable prices, big portions and great atmosphere. Now they offer an email club, where customers can get coupons for free appetizers or even money off their meal.

So if you are looking for a great restaurant to have a family dinner or to take your significant other on a date, Mama Stortini’s is the place to go.

Mama Stortini’s has two restaurants located in Kent and Puyallup. For more information about prices or menus can call them at 253-845-7569 or go to their website www.mamastortinis.com

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