Ciola’s is now Dominick’s

In: Eating

15 Feb 2011

UPDATE: now The League, under new ownership (map) This week, Ciola’s officially changes its name to Dominick’s. The grand opening is today, and they are celebrating with specials and more. Tuesday through Thursday, there will be free appetizers in the bar from 4 to 7. And Saturday night, all diners get free spumoni! Don’t worry, the new owners are keeping all the Ciola’s classics fans have loved for 60 years, like the chicken piccata, above. Lightly breaded, thin slices of tender chicken served with a rich lemon-butter sauce over perfectly al dente spaghetti.

This sole special was pan-seared, then served over warm grilled polenta and a fresh spinach-and-bell-pepper medley. That’s smoky chopped pancetta on top. Fresh seafood specials change daily, and they’ll also have some gnocchi and veal chop specials for the grand opening.

Talk about attention to detail! A chilled salad fork accompanies your salad. This one is hearts of romaine, lightly dressed with a house-made caesar with anchovies and topped with shaved parmesan. The restaurant also bakes their own crispy breadsticks.

Just a preview sampling of the Italian nachos, or “Pasta Croccante.” Fried pasta chips topped with a meaty bolognese sauce, marinara, kalamata olives, and, in place of jalapenos, spicy sliced peperoncini. Three varieties of these will be served in the bar along with Italian sliders with meatballs or chicken parmigiana.

The cozy, old-world decor hasn’t changed. While Sinatra and Dean Martin croon the classics, relax in a comfy booth and check out the Italian movie posters, black-and-white photos of Italy, and walls of wine racks.

Dominick’s Italian Restaurant website

Ciola's Italian-American on Urbanspoon

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