Posts Tagged ‘Wheeling’

Italian Time Warp

February 10, 2008

This weekend experience brought me down to Wheeling again to celebrate Walt’s birthday.  That’s Lisa’s Dad. Her nephew Ethan was also along for the ride with his parents + Lisa’s sister Lara.  Ethan is typically the star of the show – so that’s all you really need.  He’s a very active and cute 1 yr old.  We were having fun with Ethan trying out olives for the first time and squirming at sucking on lemon slices.  He’s the next generation food critic.

We went to Bella Via, which is an old Italian restaurant – that is happily still stuck in a time warp.  It has a 60-70s décor, but still has a family friendly atmosphere that has been catering to the locals for over 55 years!  Usually we go to the other restaurant in the neighborhood, Figaretti’s, but this one is equally great in its own unique way.  One specialty is its pasta. Bella Via makes homemade noodles that are delicious.  I didn’t photo everyone’s meal, but I had shrimp sauce with homestyle noodles, which was awesome and filling.  It’s Walt’s favorite there.  It had lots of shrimp and green peppers.  Lisa had the manicotti noodles.

Bella Via Restaurant
1 Burkham Ct
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 242-8181
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Bella Via    Shrimp Sauce Noodles    Bella Via

mama mia                    shrimp sauce               family table

Ethan    Bella Via Manicotti     Walt’s Cake

food critic             manicotti                        happy b-day!


Food Flash in the WV Panhandle

February 4, 2008

For Super Bowl weekend, I went to visit my girlfriend in Wheeling, WV.    There are a couple places in the city that are worth a trek if you’re looking for an excursion outside of the city.    For lunch, we went to Salsa Cafe, a recent fav, which has fresh, delicious Mexican food in a small coffeeshop setting.   I had my usual, 2 chicken tacos with soft flour shells with a small side of rice with cheese on it.  

For dinner, we went to Later Alligator in the Centre Market district in Wheeling.   The restaurant features paninis and crepes with humorous names like “Crepes of Wrath” (mild Italian sausage, sauteed onions, roasted red peppers, fontina and mozzarella), Aesop’s Feta (cheddar, onions, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, tomato and feta), Salsa the Border (cheddar, pico degallo, chicken, roasted red peppers and red onions) and even The Crepe Escape (chicken with rosemary, carmelized onion and fontina).    Afterwards, we finished the night off by watching the Wheeling Nailers on their Shred Rich Rodriguez night.

Salsa Cafe
56 Carmel Road
Edgewood, WV
(304) 242-1033
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Later Alligator
2145 Market Street
Wheeling, WV
(304) 233-1606
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West Virginia   gator_crepe2.jpg   Gators  
almost heaven           american in paris        later alligator         

Salsa Cafe   Nailers
salsa cafe tacos         wheeling nailers