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Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant

Sammy's Authentic Italian Restaurant

Are you looking for a fine dining restaurant in Harrisburg, PA where you can bring your own wine? Brenda and I packed our wine carrier and discovered Sammy’s Authentic Italian at 502 North Third Street in Harrisburg. Sammy’s is located directly across from the Capitol so you can’t miss it.

Like most fine dining restaurants, Sammy’s menu consists of a wide variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts. Two things, however, separate Sammy’s from most other restaurants in the area. First, they offer a great variety of specials that change from night to night and second, if your want an Italian specialty that’s not on the menu, ask your server and, if he can, Sammy will make it for you.

Doesn't That Look Good?

Doesn't That Look Good?

Brenda and I started our meal with a Portobello mushroom and roasted red pepper appetizer from the specials list. Sauteed in balsamic vinegar and garlic, this appetizer just burst with flavor. For her entree, Brenda ordered the Veal Parmesan from the regular menu. The portion size was just right and the veal was so tender you could cut it with a fork. She really enjoyed it with the White Zinfandel she brought from our wine rack. I went back to the specials list for the Steak Pizziola to have with my Cabernet Sauvignon. The large rib-eye was cooked to a perfect medium rare and the sauce had just a touch of sweetness to it that I really liked. We topped our meal off with Sammy’s homemade Creme de Carmel. The portion was plenty big enough for the two of us and the consistency and flavor were just perfect. When all was said and done, our check came to a somewhat pricey $83.00 but I felt it was worth the money.

If I had one criticism of Sammy’s it would be that we felt a bit rushed. Our salads came about two minutes after our appetizer and at no time during our meal was there any down time to enjoy our wine and conversation. I finally had to tell the server to give us 10 minutes before we ordered dessert so we could rest and relax. In the grand scheme of things this was a minor issue and I can enthusiastically recommend Sammy’s Authentic to anyone who likes fine Italian dining and want’s to bring their own wine.

Business was booming at Sammy’s last night so I recommend you call ahead at 717-221-0192 for reservations. I hope you pack your wine carrier and visit Sammy’s Authentic Italian soon. When you do, please tell them that The Pennsylvania Wanderer sent you.

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The Brownstone Cafe

The Brownstone Cafe

Are you looking for a restaurant that features delicious food, large portions, low prices and a bring your own wine policy?  Well, who isn’t!  Last week Brenda and I stumbled upon one of those places.  In 1988, Keith and Carole Matinchek bought the former Hamilton Bank building and opened The Brownstone Cafe.  The beautiful building has been around since 1893 and was built for The National Bank of Middletown by Houshour, Dice and Company of Glen Rock.  The bank became Farmers Trust Company of Middletown in 1962 and National State Bank in 1970.  In 1988 it became Hamilton Bank and was purchased by Core States Bank in 1983.  There is still evidence of the bank inside where you can see the old vault and a bank of safe-deposit boxes supports the beverage bar.

Brenda and I at The Brownstone Cafe

Brenda and I at The Brownstone Cafe

The menu features everything from traditional sandwiches such as Grilled Turkey (they make their own fresh turkey every day) and a Hot Tuna Melt to entrees such as Filet Mignon and Chicken Parmesan.  Brenda decided to have the Baked Meat Loaf Dinner which she described as “the best I’ve ever had”.  I had a prime rib that couldn’t have been better.  It was done to a perfect medium rare and came with Au Jus and horse radish.  I enjoyed every bite.  Each entree comes with two sides which range from bread stuffing to a creamy cucumber salad.  Best of all, our check, including beverages came to under $30.00.  The Brownstone Cafe truly offers home cooking at its best.

When we arrived, we didn’t know The Brownstone Cafe was a bring your own bottle restaurant so we didn’t bring our wine carrier.  But since you know, you’ll be able to bring yours.  What, you don’t have a wine carrier?  If you honor us by visiting Picnic Baskets and More and we’ll be glad to take care of you with a complete selection of wine carriers and wine totes.

Map of the area around The Brownstone Cafe

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pizza-grille2Do you like to bring your own wine and enjoy gourmet pizza?  If you do, then pack up your wine carrier and head to The Pizza Grille in Lemoyne, PA.  The Pizza Grille has won Harrisburg Magazine’s “Simply the Best” award for pizza in each of the last four years.  A few of their specialty pizzas include “Seafood Pizza” which includes crab meat, shrimp, clams and scallops with a garlic infused olive oil sauce, “Three Mushroom” pizza which features Portobello, Shiitake and white mushrooms with Monterrey Jack cheese and “Spinach & Artichoke” pizza with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil.  My favorite is the “Hawaiian BBQ Chicken” pizza which includes chicken breast, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese and pineapple with a barbecue sauce.  For those who are less adventurous, The Pizza Grille also offers traditional cheese and pepperoni pizzas.  All together there are 23 different pizzas on the menu and each comes in two sizes.  The small is perfect for one person and the large is great for two.

If you’re not a pizza lover, The Pizza Grille also offers a selection of salads including an Organic Greens Salad, a Caesar Salad and a Fruit and Nuts Salad which features dried cherries, candied walnuts and goat cheese on chopped greens.  They also offer several sandwiches including a Grilled Chicken Sandwich on focaccia bread with a house salad (that’s what I had tonight), a Pork Tenderloin sandwich and a variety of burgers.

The Pizza Grille also offers a great selection of desserts which change from day to day.  Ask your server for today’s choices.

The Pizza Grille has two locations.  The one that allows you to bring your own wine is located at 907 State Street in Lemoyne.  The other one, located at 3817 Gettysburg Road in Camp Hill, has a full service bar for your enjoyment.  I recommend that you head out to the Pizza Grille for an enjoyable meal in a comfortable atmosphere.  When you go, don’t forget to tell them that The Pennsylvania Wanderer sent you.

Map of the area around the Pizza Grille in Lemoyne.

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Hello and welcome to Bring Your Own – The Pennsylvania Wanderer’s newest feature.  In this series I’ll feature some of the restaurants that Brenda and I visit that allow people to bring their own wine.  We love BYOB restaurants because they allow us to enjoy some great food and wine without breaking the budget.  We all know how fast a restaurant bill can grow when the wine is $7.oo or more per glass.  A BYOB restaurant offers a great alternative for the wine lover on a budget.  So get out your wine carrier or wine tote and get ready to follow The Pennsylvania Wanderer.

Brenda and I at The Italian Oven

Brenda and I at The Italian Oven

Davenport’s Italian Oven in Mechanicsburg, PA is a traditional Italian restaurant that offers good food at reasonable prices in a comfortable, family atmosphere.  We’ve been there many times and have never left feeling like we didn’t have a great meal.  Every Monday and Tuesday are “A Lotta Pasta” nights where all the pasta you want to enjoy is just $8.75.  You can have linguine, penne, fettuccine, or angel hair topped with their marinara, savory meat, basil pesto or Alfredo sauces.  This feature comes with unlimited salad and Italian bread.

The Italian Oven offers specialty items on each part of the menu.  Among the specialty appetizers are a fried zucchini with Romano cheese and a zesty horseradish sauce, a garlic bread topped with four cheeses and marinated grilled vegetables in a balsamic dressing that are chilled and served with marinara sauce.  Each of these appetizers is less than $6.00.

The pasta specialties include penne with meat sauce and cheese that’s baked to perfection (my personal favorite) for $11.45.  You can add sauteed shrimp for another $2.50.  Another specialty is “Our Italian Oven Trio Platter” that includes layers of lasagna, creamy fettuccine Alfredo and oven baked Chicken Breast topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese for $13.95.

The Italian Oven also features include a Fettuccine Davenporto (fettuccine with chicken, mushrooms and roasted red peppers in an Alfredo sauce) and Mediterranean Sea Scallops (Italian ham & sea scallops in a sun dried tomato Alfredo sauce over penne pasta).  They also feature a variety of pizzas baked in their brick oven and a selection of strombolis and calzones.

Amelia - Our Favorite Server

Amelia - Our Favorite Server

We always find the service at The Italian Oven to be exceptional.  They are more than willing to provide wine glasses and a corkscrew to their BYOB guests.  They also have a banquet room that’s available free of charge for large group events.  Call 717-697-6836 for more information.

The Italian Oven is located in the Windsor Park Shopping Center on Simpson Ferry Road in Mechanicsburg.  They have a second location in the Capital City Mall which has a full service bar and therefore does not allow you to bring your own wine.

Have a great time at The Italian Oven and don’t forget to tell them that The Pennsylvania Wanderer sent you!

Map of the area around Davenport’s Italian Oven

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