Tag Archive for Italian

Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant [Shrimp & Avocado Salad]

Sammy1

Yesterday Food in the Fox left Appleton and traveled north to Green Bay. We have yet to have a bad eating experience in Green Bay and this time it was no different. With no specific destination in mind, we took Oneida Street up from Highway 41 and decided to stop and try a random place. Well, we drove past Sammy’s Pizza & Restaurant, and the sign out from said Avocado and Shrimp Salad. That caught my attention because I was in the mood for some kind of seafood. Well, we turned around and as we did we drove past a large SUV filled with large men in Packers jerseys. I just so happen to noticed they pulled into Ray Nitchke field. Yup, a couple cheese heads heading to early season practice. 

Italian Spices & Food

Walking into Sammy’s immediately noticed the smell of oregano and other Italian spices. It was pretty incredible and made me even hungrier. The place was almost empty except for one other table when we walked in, but as time went on, people began to funnel in. Looking through the menu, I noticed bruschetta, which if you have not gathered, is a Food in the Fox favorite. The menu had many typical Italian dishes such as pastas and pizza and a large selection of soups and salads. Everything was reasonably priced and looked pretty tasty. I decided to go with the special that was on the sign out front, the Avocado and Shrimp salad. Oh, and we HAD to order bruschetta as well.

Veggie & Shrimp Buffet on a Plate

As you can see below, the bruschetta consisted of slices of lightly toasted Italian bread with chopped tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil drizzled with our balsamic vinaigrette. It was good, but the Italian bread was a little too toasted, by that I mean it was hard to cut through with a knife. The balsamic vinagrette was good, but not quite as good as The Remedy in Two Rivers. I would give it a 3.5/5 on the bruschetta scale.  When the salad arrived at the table, it looked more like a small buffet. Lettuce, avocado, tomatoes, carrots, cucumbers, hard boiled egg and shrimp with a separate plate for salad dressing and a (deep fried?) breadstick. Everything on the salad was pretty good, except for the avocado, which was a bit over ripe and mushy. The homemade vinaigrette dressing was very good and tasted somewhat like spaghetti sauce minus the tomato, if you can imagine that. 

Overall, a good experience. I will be back. Oh, and for you Packer fans out there, Sammy’s is right down the road from Lambeau and will let you tailgate in the parking lot before and after the games (for a price of course).

 - M

Sammy's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Sammys2

sammy3

Location:

Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant
2161 S Oneida Street
Green Bay, WI 54304


View Larger Map

Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant [Shrimp & Avocado Salad]

Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant Salad

The Green Bay area has been very good to Food in the Fox. So far we are running a 100% success rate with our dining choices up there and are dreading the day we have a not-so-good experience. Fortunately, today was not that day thanks to a sign in front of Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant that said “Shrimp and Avocado Salad.” Sammy’s is located almost across the street from Lambeau Field on Oneida. 

Good Bruschetta, Mushy Avocado, and a Big Salad

It has become something of a tradition that if bruschetta of any type appears on the menu, it must be ordered. While this tradition hasn’t always paid off, for the most part it has served us well.  Today, that tradition definitely fit into the latter category. It was every bit as good as the photo below suggests. The bruschetta was a typically simple affair consisting of tomato, oregano, mozzarella, and balsamic over toasted  baguette (the actual name for toasted baguette slices totally escapes me right now). While I prefer bruschetta with feta cheese, the mozzarella was certainly good. 

The salad, which came with a side of honey mustard dressing and a breadstick, tasted almost as good as it looked. The presentation was really nice with everything arranged in a particular order rather than tossed together haphazardly. This attention to detail and presentation helps make the experience a bit more memorable than the other 85,000 salads I have had over the past few months. The shrimp were huge  and tasty. Speaking of, the salad itself was disturbingly large and I was not able to finish the whole thing. Of course, I picked out all of the good stuff and left the lettuce behind. Priorities. Overall, it reminded me of the salad I had at Rico’s up in Freedom, which was outstanding.

If I had to dish up one soft spot in the experience it would be that the avocado was a bit overripe and mushy. The other soft spot might have been the price, but I’m on the fence with that one. For $32.45 (including tip), we got tasty bruschetta, two huge salads, breadsticks, dressing, very friendly service, and a clean comfortable restaurant.

- T

Sammy's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant Salad

Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant Bruschetta

Sammy's Pizza & Restaurant Breadstick

Location:

Sammy’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant 
2161 S. Oneida Street
Green Bay, WI 54304


View Larger Map

Carmella’s Italian Bistro [Chicken Marsala]

lg

When friends and family come to visit, I always feel like the pressure is on (a little bit). By that, I mean I have tried probably close to 100 restaurants in the Fox Valley, so I don’t want to disappoint them by taking them to an ‘egh’ kind of place. I have been to Carmella’s Italian Bistro a few other times and have never had a bad experience, so with family in town this weekend I decided to take them to the little Italian Bistro on the West side of Appleton (Grand Chute) near the Fox River Mall.

Free Bread, The Eighth Wonder of the World

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon when we walked in the place and the host asked us if we’d prefer inside or outside seating. We decided to sit inside, but after taking a better look at the beautiful patio, I somewhat wish we would have opted for outside. Anyways, moments after sitting down water and bread were brought to the table as well as an olive oil and balsamic vinegar filled dish. Last time I was here, I was with a much more formal group so I was not able to ravage through the bread like I wanted to. Well, ravage I (we) did. We (three of us) managed to go through two loafs of the fresh bread before our dinners arrived. “NO CARB LEFT BEHIND” may have been the motto for the afternoon.

Chicken Marsala

For dinner, I decided on Marsala with chicken breast. It came cover in wild mushroom Marsala sauce, homemade mashed potatoes and green beans. Having been mashed potatoless for a while now, these potatoes hit the spot. They still had the peeling on them and they were a perfect pillow for the green beans and chicken to sit on top of. The Marsala sauce was a tad sweet and to my slight disappointment, only had a few small actual mushrooms in it. The chicken was very tender and the beans gave the rather soggy (but good) meal, a nice change in texture.  The dish was $14 and well worth it.

The Verdict?

One of my family members enjoyed the experience. The other, well he looked like he was having a difficult time tearing through the not so tender pork chop. Either way, I think it was a pretty successful restaurant pick. Service was great, as always and I am looking forward to enjoying the patio next time I dine there.

-M

Carmella's Italian Bistro on Urbanspoon

 IMG_20130602_164738

Location:

Carmella’s Italian Bistro
716 N. Casaloma Drive
Appleton, WI 54913


View Larger Map

« Older Entries Recent Entries »