Avellino’s a delcioso Italian dining experience | Way of life
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Dining Duo is a foodie couple who love to eat out and sample local Mid-South cuisine. To ensure that reviews are unbiased and the duo remain anonymous, their identities are obscured behind their favorite comic book heroes.
that of Avellino
775 Goodman Road East (Southaven Commons)
5 out of 5 prisoners of war
I have never been a fan of Italian food other than pizza ie. I don’t like Italian food. Know that I am in the minority on this point, but it is just not my first choice. You’ll never hear me say “Oh, how about Italian food tonight” when deciding where to eat out.
So it was very unusual for me this week when I suggested the Dining Duo to try Avellino’s. But boy, I have to tell you, I’m still glad I did. It was probably one of the best lunch outings we have had in Southaven in a long time.
I was joined this week by the Monarch of the Underwater Kingdom of Atlantis and the King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman. We started with an order of Grilled Beef Ravioli ($ 6.99) with Marinara Sauce. If we had been more careful we probably would have ordered it with a meat sauce. However, the marinara sauce tasted very tomato and had a very good sweetness. Aquaman thought the dumplings were a bit over the top, but nothing wrong with the flavor.
For his main course, my Justice League colleague ordered the homemade meatball pie pizza ($ 12). The pizza came from scratch with sliced Italian meatballs – and lots of them! “I’m definitely a fan of this pizza,” Aquaman said. “The meatballs were good and tasted like a classic Italian meatball. The sauce has a nice sweetness that works great with meatballs. I thought there was the right amount of everything on it.
Since Aquaman beat me on pizza, I decided to try pasta. I never really liked spaghetti. I agree with lasagna. And I’m definitely not the linguine type, either. So after grilling my Italian food expert what every pasta dish is, I decided to try the Tortellini Alfredo ($ 10.49).
Don’t tell my Italian food loving friends, but I found the Tortellini Alfredo to be excellent. The tortellini pasta was stuffed with ground beef and topped with their own Alfredo sauce. The sauce tasted delicious creamy and cheesy, and the pasta was nice and plump with beef. I used my two pieces of garlic bread to savor the sauce more.
Overall, I was very impressed with Avellino’s. The interior is small and intimate. I also liked the Mafia movie posters on the wall. In fact, if you had taken me there blindfolded and I didn’t already know I was in Southaven, I would swear Avellino’s was in the Little Italy section of Boston. It feels like an Italian restaurant you’ll find around the corner in New York City that’s been around forever and your family has eaten your whole life.
I agree with Aquaman when he commented that “nothing I ate was bad.” That is why we give Avellino the highest rating of 5 prisoners of war. While I’m not ready to give up my resistance to going out for Italian food, you can bet I’ll be back at Avellino.
5 prisoners of war.
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