Last weekend, the laws of life and nature conspired against Bud Em in a very bad way.
We won't get into details - suffice it to say it was so bad that she was forced to miss one of her favorite summer events: the Upper Ohio Valley Italian Festival. Mama mia!!!
On the other hand, Bud Shaunna - upon whom the sun is always shining - had a wonderful time Sunday afternoon strolling along the waterfront enjoying such pleasantries as stromboli, fried pickles and shaved ice.
It wasn't fair! Bud Em wanted good Italian food.
That's when Bud Shaunna thought of the perfect remedy for the situation: Pizza Milano in St. Clairsville. With hungry bellies, the Buds headed west for what they hoped would be a tasty lunch.
Pizza Milano, located on W. Main St. is the first business venture of owner Engin Guler, who has 13 years of experience in the business of Italian cuisine as an employee of Vocelli Pizza in downtown Wheeling.
The pizza shop offers a large selection of food and free delivery that will reach a large territory, covering St. Clairsville and much of the surrounding area, from the correctional facility near the Flushing exit, to Fairpoint.
As the Buds studied the extensive menu, it wasn't hard to realize that making a selection would be no easy decision! With a vast array of appetizers, salads, hoagies, calzones, wings, pasta and - of course - pizza, there is sure to be something for everyone. What pleased the Buds was that there were some unique (and tasty-sounding) items that one won't find at just any pizza shop such as bruschetta (we LOVE that stuff!), Gyro salad, garlic spinach hoagie, chicken parmesan and shrimp alfredo. They also have 12 gourmet pizzas that sound fabulous including Mediterranean, Garden Vegetable, Buffalo Chicken, Milano Deluxe, Garlic Spinach and Broccoli Chicken. Umm, we'll have one of each!!
Bud Em, who is definitely a creature of habit, is a real sucker for a good calzone, so she opted to take advantage of a lunch special featuring a calzone and a drink for $6.99, which is a great deal considering the calzone alone is regularly priced at $7.99. She had hers stuffed with tomato, mushrooms, onions and pepperoni.
The large zone was absolutely delicious! It was loaded with toppings and warm, gooey mozzarella and ricotta cheeses and the top crust was brushed with garlic butter and dusted with parmesan cheese. Served with a side of marinara for dipping, the calzone easily wound up on Em's 'favorite' list!
Bud Shaunna chose a different route, primarily because she had her fill of dough at the Italian Festival. Therefore, intrigued by the 10 different salads on the menu - that's right, 10! - she opted to give the Chicken Caesar Salad a whirl. A bed of romaine lettuce was topped with tender, seasoned sliced chicken and sprinkled with grated Romano cheese. A packet of Caesar dressing came on the side. Bud Shaunna chose to forgo the croutons at the suggestion of the friendly server since the salad was also served with two breadsticks.
Bud Shaunna was quite pleased with the freshness of the salad, and she was even more thrilled with the garlicy breadsticks topped with Romano cheese. This lunch special combo of the large salad and a drink only set Bud Shaunna back $5.99.
With so many things to choose on the menu, Pizza Milano certainly offers a wide range of items to please just about anyone. The Buds were very happy with their selections, and they didn't even tap in to the pizza! We'll reserve that for our next trip.
The Buds can be reached at tastebuds@timesleader online.com