A new restaurant here is putting its own spin on Italy’s signature dishes.
Palermo’s Italian Restaurant recently opened at 6096 West Chester Road in West Chester Twp., offering a wide array of appetizers, calzones, pizza, pasta, seafood, entrees, salads, soups and sandwiches.
Chefs Labi Troni and Mensur Demnika said they take pride in making their own sauces, meatballs, pizza and other fare fresh each day.
“Everything is prepared from scratch,” said Troni, who is a cousin of Palermo’s owner Meef Demnika. “Nothing is prepared ahead.”
The Italian-Euro cuisine restaurant draws on decades of family experience, most recently a Palermo’s that has operated out of Kettering since 2007.
Troni said the restaurant’s Butler County location works well for the business because there aren’t many other neighborhood Italian restaurants that make the same kind of food.
“You’ve mostly got chains around here,” he said. “Not many family-owned restaurants.”
Besides being known for friendly service, Palermo’s also is known for gladly adjusting an order as a customer sees fit or concocting a new dish on the spot.
“If they want … a different dish that we don’t have on the menu, we can make it,” Troni said.
That fits with Troni and Demnika’s ability to devise a new dish every day for a daily chef’s special.
“We try to come up with some creative ideas so we’re never boring,” Troni said.
Lunch specials are offered between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and range between $7.99 and $9.99 for pastas, sandwiches and calzones. Express lunch choices are $7.99 and take just 10 minutes to prepare. Choices include spaghetti, linguini or penne with a marinara or meat sauce option for each.
Dinner menu main courses start at $7.99 for a create-your-own cheese calzone and range in price to $23.99 for a seafood combo of shrimp, scallops and chopped clams in a red or white wine sauce. A full bar with a wine list also is available.
Top menu sellers thus far include stromboli, baked lasagna, chicken marsala and Pasta Trio, which features a piece of lasagna, a piece of chicken parmigiana and a piece of stuffed shell.