I am starting to realize that the best places to eat are often the hardest to find and also often recommendations from people who know the area better than I do. At a networking event in Green Bay, the group of people unanimously agreed that Pasquale’s International Cafe in downtown De Pere was a great place to grab a bite to eat, so that was the destination for dinner.
The place was described as kind of a ‘hole in the wall’, and from just looking at it from the outside, that description somewhat fit, but inside it had an energetic 1950′s vibe with bar tables setup around the edges of a large bar located in the middle of the restaurant. There was also airplane memorabilia in just about ever corner of the place, which also aided in the 1950′s vibe. Their was only one open table in the place when we walked in, so we grabbed it up and started digging through the large menu.
The Good Stuff
The place is known for its ribs, sandwiches and pastas, all of which sounded delicious. All of the deli sandwiches came with a large selection of sides, besides the normal french fries or chips. These included coleslaw, baked beans, french fries, sweet potato fries, garlic mashed potatoes and hand-cut potato chips. We decided on Pasquale’s Bread and each getting a turkey deli sandwich, with my side of choice being nothing other than mashed potatoes, which should have their own food group, in my opinion.
The bread came to the table maybe about 10 minutes after we ordered it, which was pretty quick considering how busy the place was. It was garlic bread topped with tomatoes, mozzarella and Provolone cheeses and Italian spices, then broiled to perfection. It was the perfect combination of flavors and was still warm from the oven. It was definitely worth the 1000 or so calories that were probably in a few pieces. Our sandwiches came out shortly after the bread and they looked just as good as they tasted. It was slow-roasted, lean smoked turkey high on lettuce with tomato slices and onions, topped with American and Swiss cheeses and served on an onion roll with mustard. My only complaint, which may sound silly, is that the turkey was so cold. It was like it just thawed, which was unwelcoming to my teeth which were warm from the garlic mashed potatoes I just finished. Very minor, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Overall, the experience was pleasant, the service was excellent and the food was delicious and a bit different. Have you been to Pasquale’s International Cafe in De Pere? If so, let us know your thoughts. If not, go check it out!
Pasquale’s International Cafe
305 Main Ave.
De Pere, WI 54115