The italian grill brings old school red sauce to eaton _ greeleytribune. com

When I was a kid growing up in Greeley, the highlight of my year was choosing where to celebrate my birthday. Chicken parmesan bake casserole I always picked a day at Elitches, before it moved to downtown Denver, when the venerable amusement park burst with meticulously groomed flowers and lush landscaping. Chicken parmesan recipe tyler florence After a picnic lunch of fried chicken my Mom brought along in a cooler, we would play all afternoon, and then head to Pagliacci’s, one of the many neighborhood Italian-American restaurants that dotted North Denver between Federal Boulevard and 32nd Avenue, Denver’s Little Italy.

Pagliacci’s jaunty clown sign turned off its neon lights in 2012, but there are still family owned red sauce joints in west Denver.

How to make baked chicken parmesan Carbones, Lechuga’s, Gaetano’s, all have wavered and enjoyed rebirths over the years, so it was with great pleasure that I discovered an offshoot of one of the Italian originals in Eaton, Colorado.

When we walked in the door on the corner of First Street and Elm, the garlicky aroma of a long-simmering red sauce greeted us at The Italian Grill . What kind of sauce for chicken parmesan Proprietor Paulie runs a tight shop with one cook and a waitress, and yet the energy level during lunch ran high. Chicken and parmesan recipe It’s old school Italian, with black and white, or red and white checkered picnic table coverings, deep ochre, maroon, and black painted walls, with high ceilings that have a welcome airiness even in frigid January. How long do you bake chicken parmesan A montage of framed newspaper articles from restaurants in Longmont and Firestone attest to owner Paulie’s and wife Deanna’s years in the restaurant business. Parmesan chicken tenderloins Posters of the Rat Pack and Goodfellas along one side, and photos from previously run Italian red sauce places on the opposing wall affirm that this is the real deal. Crispy chicken parmesan recipe Paulie, warm and friendly, is a gregarious entertainer, managing a full lunchtime crowd with ease. Easy parmesan chicken I watched as he bantered with a table of elderly women, all dressed in pink sweaters, making recommendations about lunch portions. How to make chicken parmesan sandwiches He commended one woman’s choice, “A beautiful portion of lasagne — you’re gonna love it!” and counseled on the possibility of leftovers.

We were both drawn to the meatballs — a perfectly proportioned lunch size order of spaghetti, and a knife-and-fork meatball sandwich, laden with melted mozzarella and bits of roasted green peppers. Calories in a chicken parmesan sandwich I requested a side salad, dressed with Italian, which was salty and refreshing, a nice handful of romaine, iceberg, spiked with arugula, and topped with pepperoni and gratings of cheese. Chicken parmesan chicken The garlic bread that came with the spaghetti was divine, just a touch of salt and loads of butter, perfectly crisped. Quick easy chicken parmesan The marinara sauce is tangy with a hint of sweetness, but the meatballs! Oh those meatballs. Spaghetti chicken parmesan Firm, round, and subtly spicy, I have to return for more. Stuffed chicken parmesan Paulie brought us dessert on the house, something he regularly indulges on his patrons. Recipe chicken parmesan easy The Italian Pizza Frites, chewy deep fried dough with hints of salt to the finish, was drizzled with warm chocolate and dusted with powdered sugar.

Surrounded by families, businessmen, girlfriends out for lunch, and several members of the Eaton Fire Department, the restaurant’s broad appeal is evident. Pasta chicken parmesan Fellow diner, Pat Koplin, who now lives in Eaton, grew up in Boulder and remembers driving to North Denver for dinner at Paulie’s mom’s restaurant, Lechuga’s Italian Restaurant and Lounge. Breaded chicken parmesan recipe Paulie shares his years of experience, and 35 years of family recipes.

Lunch specials are offered from 11-2, and run about $6.00. How to make chicken parm in oven The dinner menu is available all day, with appetizers such as Calamari, Deep Fried Ravioli, and Mozzarella Sticks, all served with that ubiquitous red sauce. Parmesan crusted chicken bjs A variety of Italian-themed sandwiches, enormous calzones, pizza, and classics like spaghetti, ravioli, stuffed shells, and Eggplant, Chicken, and Veal Parmigiana are favorites. Chicken parmesan rezept Home-style noodles are available for an extra $2. How to bake parmesan chicken The House Special, Sausage Rolls, harks back to Lechuga’s, and comes in hot or mild. Parmesan chicken sauce Pepsi products and tea are available, as is take-out.

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