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Taste Buds: Primo’s Italian Carryout

Newly opened Ferry eatery keeps menu short, sweet and delicious!

December 2, 2011

Bigger isn't always better.

At least when it comes to menus.

The Buds were reminded of this fact earlier this week when they ate lunch at the recently opened Primo's Italian Carryout in Martins Ferry.

Instead of adding items for the sake of having a larger menu, the Buds believe proprietors should just stick to what they are good at, which is exactly what the folks at Primo's have done. And as far as the Buds can tell ... it's working!

Located in the former Zontini's spot on Hanover Street, Primo's offers patrons meatball and sausage (hot or mild) sandwiches, pasta, and a handful of salad options. Trust the Buds when we say that is all they need!

The Buds, who had just been alerted to the shop's existence, hastened up the street to find the clean and tidy storefront very welcoming. The gals looked over the menu and ordered their lunch to eat back at the office, as there is no seating at Primo's (hence the "carryout" in the title).

Bud Shaunna was sucked in immediately by the penne pasta with a quarter-pound meatball and crusty breadstick for just $5.25. The meal was made fresh when I ordered it, which was really nice for a carryout. And not only was there enough pasta to make two meals, but there was enough pasta to make two DELICIOUS meals. The meatball was moist and tasty, and the sauce was flavorful. Even reheated the next day, the pasta still had a nice flavor.

Bud Em decided to try the antipasto salad which is served with a dinner roll for $5.99.

The salad was yummy! No iceburg in sight, just a large bed of romaine and other salad greens topped with pepperoni, salami, ham, shredded cheese, black olives, tomatoes, and banana pepper rings. All of the veggies were fresh and crisp, just the way we like 'em! With a packet of lite Italian and a dinner roll on the side, Bud Em was quite pleased with her lunch!

It's not just the Buds who loved Primo's. A co-worker, we'll just call him "Mike", has been absolutely raving about the sausage sandwiches. We're pretty sure he's had at least one every day this week! The sausage sandwiches, which come in hot or mild, ring in at $3 and can be topped with provolone cheese and sweet red and green peppers for an additional charge.

While you won't find a big fancy menu at Primo's, what you will find is fresh and delicious food. And probably our co-worker "Mike" as well. The Buds definitely plan to check out the sausage sandwiches to see what his fuss is all about!

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