Wilkes Barre Scranton
Where are the best places to have really great food in the area. Does Old Forge still have the best pizza?
We always enjoy Grotto's pizza; perhaps it is the Rehoboth Beach connection. For whatever reason I haven't seen it mentioned on Chowhoud. They offer a half baked take out pizza. Four min's. in the oven on a pizza stone and it is better than home delivery.
Try Alora in Peckville. If you like veal, get the veal marsala; veal is the chef's specialty.
On "Old Forge" style pizza, I enjoy Calaruso's, which also offers half-baked trays.
Yes, Old Forge has the best pizza and most of it is on Main Street. Start with the red at Revello's (the local favorite), then Arcaro and Genell across the street, where you can get a slice or two (White Pizza!) with great pasta dinners. Next up, I'd do the take-out thing at Ghigarelli's (my favorite---amazing crust) and then hit the best up-and-comers, Calogero's (no tables at all). If you want to explore more in that area...I'd recommend Maxie's on Keyser Ave., D's just over the Duryea line on Main and Arcaro's (without Genell) where Taylor becomes Scranton (on Main again).
Scranton, Hazleton and Wilkes-Barre all have very different styles worth exploring, but I'd START with Old Forge.
Two great newer restaurants:
Hemisphere on 6 & 11 just South of Clarks Summit is modern American (for these parts), not ungodly expensive either.
Kazimi's in Kingston is our favorite continental of late. We've had six meals there in the past two years and nothing has been less than "very good".
Wilkes-Barre? The Par Four, Parrish Street serves excellent food with an Asian influence in the most unpretentious atmosphere imaginable. Spag's in the North End is a bar with great food. Hottle's is tops for seafood in the city. Pancho Villa is an authenic Mexican restaurant on South Main. Tony's West Indies across from the theatres on Northampton serves up some lethal Jerk Chicken, Katana on S. Main for sushi. If you're heading up by the malls/plazas, the Dough Company, (cheap Italian) is a bright spot surrounded by chains.
Tony's Diner across the river in Kingston is about as good as Italian Sandwiches get. They're grilled and unlike anything you've ever had. They've been around for 60-some years, but it was new to me a few years back.
Hope that helps.
I appreciate your input 'stanpnepa'. As a person who never leaves home without a small cooler permanently packed with restaurant reviews; I will take your recommendations into consideration. I hour east on Rt 118 and we are driving into the valley.