By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER
The Taste Buds
What a difference a few years can make!
The first time the Buds paid a visit to Scaffidi's, the year was 2009 and the quaint little eatery was located in a renovated house on Sunset Boulevard. The Buds fondly recall dining on homemade pasta and gnocchis made with creamy ricotta cheese... tremendous!
The Buds were unaware, however, that in 2011 - after outgrowing the original location - Scaffidi's relocated to a much, much bigger venue in the Hollywood Shopping Plaza. And let's just say that there was zero arm twisting involved in getting the Buds to commit to a return visit so they could report on the new digs. Quite the opposite in fact, the gals couldn't WAIT to get to restaurant's current address.
Located at 350 S. Hollywood Blvd. in Steubenville, Scaffidi's Restaurant and Tavern is a family owned and operated venture that offers a bevy of Italian dishes made from scratch on-site every day. The menu features pastas, salads, soups, calzones and paninis. There is bruschetta, mussels and meatballs. There are canolis and chocolate raviolis. *Sigh*....where to begin?!
Several items jumped out at the Buds...there was the Florence (oven-roasted eggplant stuffed with a cheese filling and sprinkled with melted mozzarella cheese sits on top of your choice of pasta and either meat or marinara sauce) the Mt. Vesuvius (8 oz. of roast beef piled on a heaping mound of your choice of mashed potatoes or french fries) and Smothered Riesling Chicken (grilled chicken smothered in homemade Riesling wine cream sauce, mushrooms and capers). Help!!
Bud Em, who previously had the gnocchis - and VERY highly recommends them - decided to go a bit lighter this time by ordering the large Bruschetta Salad which rang in at just $6.95. This gladiator-sized salad was a heaping mound of fresh romaine topped with their signature bruschetta mix (chopped tomatoes, onion, basil, etc.), olives, crumbled feta cheese and homemade croutons.
The salad was delicious! Dressed in Scaffidi's own yummy Italian dressing, everything was fresh and plentiful and the seasonings were just right. Perhaps the best part was the thick and crunchy homemade croutons. Bud Em thought the only thing that would have made the salad better would have been adding some grilled chicken. Next time!
Since it was a Friday, Bud Shaunna had to go with a meatless option, so she chose the next best thing - seafood! She ordered the Seafood Ravioli for $10.95, and she was NOT disappointed. Eight freshly made crab and shrimp stuffed raviolis were topped with a pink sauce (which was a mixture of Scaffidi's alfredo and tomato sauces) and garnished with shrimp.
These were perhaps some of the best tasting ravioli Bud S has eaten in a long time. Pasta is not really one of Bud Shaunna's go-to items, but this was a worthwhile indulgence. And the sauce! It was creamy and tangy without being too rich and served as the perfect flavor accompaniment to the stuffed ravioli. The homemade Italian bread that came with the Buds' meals also proved to be a nice vehicle to soak up more sauce. Bud Shaunna highly recommends this dish!
The Buds were very happy with their meals, and judging by the growing lunch crowd, good news about good food travels fast! We know we would pay a return visit (or visits). Check them out next time you're in Steubenville and see what the fuss is all about.
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