Scranton, PA eats?
Can anyone recommend some places to get interesting/regional/good food in/or around Scranton, Pennsylvania?
Depends on what kind of mood you're in:
Casual -- Colaruso's pizza in Avoca, Clarks Summit or Old Forge; Any Old Forge Pizza - Arcaro & Genell's, Gigiarelli's, etc.,
more upscale: Pepato, on Rt 6 & 11, in Clarks Summit; Amici, in Clarks Summit, Clay Oven (indian) on birney Avenue in Scranton, Rossi's in Jessup; Cooper's Seafood in Scranton
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I live closer to Wilkes-Barre myself, and eat closer to that city about eighty percent of the time, but I married a Scranton girl. I'm tempted to recommmend some places that I've only been to once, but that could be unreliable, so some steady favorites:
Glider Diner, Providence Ave. Terrific hot roast beef sandwiches covered in gravy. Great mashed potatoes and pies too. Open 24/7, except on Sunday (closed).
Smiler's, Main Ave, Dickson City. Eclectic for bar food, I have yet to be disappointed. Expect a crowd.
The Barrel, Route 307 Moscow. Great blue plate comfort food. Excellent pie!
Arcaro's, Main Ave, Taylor near Scranton border. My favorite "Scranton" pizza. Smooth!
If you wander down to Old Forge for pizza, I'd recommend Revello's on Main Street. It's one of my all-time favorites anywhere.
Michaelangelo's, Clarks Summit. Can feel a little stuffy, so you have to be in the mood, but solid Continental cuisine.
Carmen's at Lackawanna Station. Lackawanna Avenue. Eat in the lobby of an old train station. Excellent food, reasonably priced.
Between Upscale and Casual:
Le Thai, Keyser Oak Plaza. Nice French/Thai fusion.
Amber, Birney Ave. Moosic. Indian. Get anything in the masala sauce.
Hope that helps.
I would recommend the Alora Restaurant at 978 Main Street in Peckville, right off Rte 247. Very good Italian food, in a nice atmosphere. Do NOT judge by the outside of the building, as it is in a converted tavern.
Go to Old Forge!!!! USA Today went to Old Forge and, found Arcaro and Genelli's and wrote it up as one of the best in America. If you go make certain that you order the white pizza. That's white pizza. It's what USA Today raved about. In fact there are probably more pizza joints per square mile in Old Forge/Scranton/Wilkes Barre than anywhere else in America. (I'm serious about this.) In its own way Old Forge is on the level of Wooster Street in New Haven: a long standing and unique tradition that has survived into the 21st century. Some of the rest of the red sauce isn't bad either! Old Forge is an American tradition: you're lucky that you're able to experience it.
If you're up for something upscale...
This restaurant is owned by Russell Preno, whose family owned Preno's, which was THE Italian restaurant in the area for many years.
The veal is the best I've ever had... I especially love their veal with eggplant! Excellent!!!