For those seeking a delicious Italian meal in Charleston, West Virginia, look no further than Paterno’s at the Park. I recently discovered this hidden jewel, which offers casual fine-dining inside of the Appalachian Power Park building. I never would have associated such an upscale dining experience in a facility that houses the West Virginia Power, Charleston’s minor league baseball team.
Paterno’s at the Park- Impressive Beginnings
Paterno’s at the Park, a sophisticated eatery, has menu choices that the whole family will enjoy. Prices are reasonable and the service, noteworthy. Their decor was charming and interesting, with a relaxed atmosphere. Not to mention the incredible smells wafting from the open kitchen concept. I immediately felt welcome upon entering Paterno’s doors.
I took my parents to Paterno’s to celebrate my moms 69th birthday. My brother (Jay), his daughter (Mallory), and her friend joined us for the occasion. We were greeted by our waitress and given a run down of the night’s specialities. Paterno’s complimentary bread was brought over for us to nibble on while we browsed the menu. While this is a primarily Italian restaurant, the menu also features a wide array of seafood and steak as well.
Yummy Starter Bites
To start off the evening, we tried two of the appetizers that had piqued our curiosity: Mushroom Arancini (breaded and fried risotto balls) and Stuffed Peppers. The house made sausage stuffed hot peppers were dusted with Parmesan and had a side marinara sauce for dipping. My eyes rolled in the back of my head after tasting that Mushroom Arancini risotto ball. OMG it was magnificent!
Paterno’s at the Park offers two different soups and a few interesting salads. My dad and I shared the Italian Wedge salad, which was definitely enough for the two of us. It included plenty of cherry tomatoes, crispy pancetta, and tantalizing gorgonzola.
The Delicious Dinner Experience
Our dinner selections were narrowed down to include the Papperdelle Bolognese, Fettuccine Alfredo, Rigatoni and Meatballs, and the Sausage and Pea Rigatoni. My brother and dad opted for the Prime Rib daily special, served with vegetables and truffle mashed potatoes. All of our food was served looking picture perfect. The Prime Rib plates and cuts of steak were enormous. I loved the presentation of the dish, complete with a hefty serving of Au Jus and horseradish sauce. I thought that my brother and dad were both going to lick the plates clean.
The rest of us devoured our pasta dishes plus I had enough to take home for lunch the next day. My Sausage and Pea Rigatoni meal was an extremely good choice. It had the most amazing taste and will definitely be on my 2016 Best Eats blog post. Yes, it was THAT good! The crushed red pepper flakes, spicy house made sausage, and plump peas set this dish into a different dimension.
Never Too Full For Dessert
Though we were completely stuffed, Paterno’s at the Park insisted on my mom having a birthday dessert. She chose their fabulous Tiramisu, which was ultra creamy. She loved it plus shared a bite with everyone at the table. Other dessert options include Lemoncello sorbet, Cannoli Chips, Warm Chocolate Brownie, Cheesecake, and Creme Brûlée.
Our dinner experience at Paterno’s at the Park was unlike any other in Charleston. The ample parking, attention to detail, exceptional service, and quality foods were no match for most Charleston based restaurants. I hope that you will give Paterno’s a try and see for yourself what you have been missing.
Bonus, they accept reservations.
Paterno’s at the Park
601 Morris Street, Charleston, WV 25301
Lunch: Tues-Fri 11AM-3PM
Dinner: Tues-Thurs 5-9PM, Fri-Sat 5-10PM
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I was offered a discount for my meal at Paterno’s, but at always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
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