The last two times we dined at Carlucci’s Yardley Grill, we were more than satisfied—indeed, pleasantly satiated you might say. As of late, it seems to be our “go-to” neighborhood restaurant for good Italian food.
I first blogged about this establishment in January 2015. Located in the Big Oak Shopping Center near Kohl’s, it is one from a family of six restaurants (four of the other five are in NJ.) It’s a BYO with a rather extensive menu that includes Classic Entrees, Favorite Selections, Italian Classics, Pasta Selections, and wood fired pizza; including gluten-free offerings—now an important consideration due to Russ’s wheat intolerance.
Joining us for dinner on our most recent trip were good friends Barb and Brad. Unfortunately Carlucci’s does not take reservations for parties smaller than six people, so we had a bit of a wait, nothing horrendous, maybe 15 minutes. Somehow we ended up seated in the center “room” at a large folding table, the only one with a tablecloth. No complaints from us as we had elbow room to spare.
Every time we dine there, I’m flabbergasted that, compliments of the house, they serve you squares of bread smothered with a fabulous fresh tomato sauce, THEN deliver a round bread loaf with garlic and spices—and that’s even if you order pizza and/or pasta!! Carb overload indeed…
The impression from the waitstaff is that they’re directly off the boat from Italy, or so it seems because they speak in heavily accented English. To me, that’s a good sign!
A generation ago, in the town of Pozzuoli, in the province of Naples (birthplace of Sophia Loren), Carlo Capuano first began his long standing tradition of serving time honored family recipes to the public. This continues today with sons Vincenzo, Aniello, Giuliano and Floriano. Since coming to America in 1983, the Capuano family upholds the long family tradition of making exceptional dishes with the style and flair that have won the hearts of Italy.
Well lets get down to the business of what we ordered. Weeks prior, having fallen head-over-heels for the Chicken Alla Sal, I selected it again (shown above). A lavish plate of chicken breast sautéed with asparagus, fresh tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and roasted peppers in a white wine garlic saffron sauce garnished with jumbo shrimp, it’s served with house vegetables and potatoes, all cooked to perfection!
Russ chose the Veal Rollatini Alla Bergamasca—thinly sliced veal rolled around prosciutto, spinach and fontina cheese, served in a flamed vodka blush cream sauce served with vegetables and potatoes, which he declared a winner!
Barb’s selection was Eggplant Arnaud—thinly sliced, lightly battered, rolled and stuffed with fresh mozzarella and ricotta, then baked in marinara sauce, and served with sautéed spinach. While Brad ordered more typical Italian fare of Pasta and Meatballs, requesting ziti instead of linguine. Ample portions abound here, so you’ll likely end up with a hefty doggie bag.
None of us regularly order dessert, and that night was no exception. But looking around at what other patrons ordered, if dessert is your thing, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
Addio Per Ora!