A new addition to NEPA last year, Colarusso’s has been quickly making a name for itself with its tasty pizza, inventive pastas and fresh salads. I had been wanting to try Colarusso’s for some time now, but it was not until that BOOF Buddy, Silverfox and I were looking for somewhere to go for dinner that I remembered this place.
Colarusso’s Coal Fired Pizza (not to be mistaken with Colarusso’s Pizza in Clarks Summit and Dunmore) is located in the Target Plaza in Dickson City. When you walk in, the space is very open with one stone wall (on the side with the bar) and a red rear wall which adds a nice pop of color. The tables are a nice granite which matches the granite of the longbar. There is a divider between the bar section and general seating but there is also additional general table seating on the bar side of the divider. The atmosphere is very cool and relaxed and it is family friendly but definitely still has a “big kid” air to it.
The food is definitely modern Italian with old school flavors with a new school touch and ingredients. They have daily features, usually pasta but also sometimes different pizzas and because the restaurant is relatively new, they are continuing to expand their menu. They also have a great happy hour which includes $3.00 pizzas, $3.00 wings, $4.00 martinis and $2.00 domestic bottles. Had we known this was such a great deal, we would have made it to happy hour but maybe next time.
To start, Silverfox ordered the Caesar Salad and she said that it was really tasty and fresh. I started off the with the house salad which had black olives, so I was easily sold.
We then split a Margherita pizza which was really tasty. The crust was thin but not burnt, and the mozzarella, basil and tomato were all yummy and fresh. I judge pizza largely on the sauce and this had a very good one and well-seasoned. They have a lot of other interesting pizza options on their menu including a Shrimp and Hot Pepper pizza (for all of my pescatarians), a Black n’ Blue pizza (Sirloin Steak, Gorgonzola, & Caramelized Onions) and an eggplant pizza, which I am dying to try on my next visit. From other reviews, I have heard that their oven-roasted wings are quite good and they also feature a variety of sandwiches and other “comfort food” including meatballs, baked sausage, penne a la vodka and eggplant parmesan, just to name a few.
Overall, we both really enjoyed our time at Colarusso’s and adds a much needed modern touch to the very traditional historical NEPA. I would definitely head back again…especially for happy hour. 🙂