I’m always down for a home-cooked Italian meal. And that’s exactly what Paterno’s at the Park serves — delicious, tastes-like-home Italian food. The unique restaurant, located in Appalachian Power Park, is run by Niki Kurten (daughter of Mary Jo and Andy Paterno, owners of an Italian restaurant in Charleston in the 1970s). The menu features a mix of classic dishes from Mary Jo Paterno’s recipe book and some new dishes by executive chef Brent Pauley. We enjoyed a few bottles of Bouchaine Pinot Noir (so excited to find it on the wine list!) with our scrumptious dinner. Some of my favorites of the night: the colossal meatball (yes, it was HUGE) over a crispy polenta cake, shrimp asiago, pappardelle bolognese, and shrimp scampi (I stole a few bites and the leftovers from a friend 😉 ). Unfortunately, they were out of the eggplant parmigiana when we were there (one of my all time favorite dishes), so it looks like I’ll be heading back to WV to try it!
Paterno’s at the Park: 601 Morris Street, Charleston, WV
I love this Bouchaine Pinot Noir
Homemade Meatball – Colossal meatball, marinara and crispy polenta cake
Shrimp Asiago – Sauteed shrimp, prosciutto, cremini mushrooms and spinach
Italian Wedding – Chicken broth, house made meatballs, acini de pepe and spinach
Pappardelle Bolognese – House made meatballs, marinara and rigatoni pasta
Basil Chicken – Pan roasted chicken breast, Marsala basil cream, tomato risotto and Julienne vegetables