Monday, September 22, 2014

Emeril's Italian Table at Sands Bethlehem Review and Giveaway

Emeril's Italian Table
This is the entrance from the hotel side of the restaurant. It's quite stunning!
Saturday night I had the pleasure of dining at yet another of Emeril Lagasse's restaurants here in Bethlehem, Pa and once again it was a wonderful experience. Dave and I seem to only be getting out together when I get these opportunities and I jump at each one. I think we're getting a little spoiled, but I know neither of us minds.

Emeril's Italian Table is decidedly less "fancy" than Emeril's Chop House, and I'm certain it's meant to be that way. The decor is more rustic and the wait staff is more laid back making the experience casual and relaxing. The menu is full of classic Italian dishes and the choices are limited making it very easy to choose from. 

Our choices are outlined in the photos below and I can assure you each bite was wonderful.


*Please note: I was given a gift certificate directly from Sands Bethlehem specifically for  the purpose of reviewing the restaurant and I was more than happy to oblige. Please note that  the benefit of having my meal paid for does not in any way influence my review. 

On to the review. 
Each restaurant is scaled according to the type of restaurant it is. In other words, I  wouldn't use the same gravity of point for a fast food restaurant as I would for fine dining.  That's comparing apples and oranges. Scaling is 1 for Poor and 5 for Excellent so the total  Perfect Score for any restaurant would be 25.  

Parking- 5 There isn't any other score possible for this because there is valet parking at  all of The Sand's should you so choose to make use of it. Even so, there is ample parking  near the event center and everything is tied together inside so walking to the restaurant is  simple

Ambiance- 4 The only reason I'm docking 1 for this is the fact that my table, and the seat I was in specifically, was directly next to a serving station. There were moments when the wait staff was directly behind me (about 1 foot) getting silverware, glasses and the like. Other than that the atmosphere was very calm and relaxing. The lighting was ample and the fixtures were beautiful. Table distance from one to the next was also very comfortable. 

Food- 5 I don't think any of Emeril's restaurants would get anything but a 5 from me. The food was perfect, seasoned well, served at the right temperature and the serving sizes were just right. I know Dave liked his Veal Parmesan enough to go back and I've heard from others that that specific dish is always a winner.

Service- 5 Knowledgeable staff, prompt service, drinks refilled as needed and everything cleared and taken away or packaged for us to take home as asked. Everyone was friendly and upbeat, as well. 

Pricing- 5 As always, the pricing was commensurate with the quality and quantity of food. We ate very well and spent just under $75 for the two of us including starters, salad, entrĂ©es and dessert. We went away very full and very happy.

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Emeril's Italian Table
Very rustic looking menus.

Emeril's Italian Table
Fresh, still warm bread with honey paprika butter and sweet cream butter.



Emeril's Italian Table
The Chef's Antipasti Sampler with marinated artichoke hearts, Castelvetrano olives, Gorgonzola Dolce cheese, Taleggio cheese, Parmigiano Reggiano, Salami Calabrese, Prosciutto di Parma, Soppressata and a lovely apricot mostarda served with fried pizza dough. This is the perfect starter and we even took some home. You can choose your own as well and make up a different platter each time.



Emeril's Italian Table
The Caesar Salad. David has become quite fond of these at Emeril's restaurants!


Emeril's Italian Table
I had the Chicken Marsala which was beautifully tender and served with a Kennet Square mushroom sauce and rapini. 



Emeril's Italian Table
Dave chose the Veal Parmesan and said he'd come back again just for this!

Emeril's Italian Table
Perfect ending - three mini house made cannoli filled with orange flavored cream. Just the right size and absolutely delizioso!
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3 comments:

Bobbie Butz said...

Yum!!!!

Catherine said...

Dear Anne, So glad you had a great meal and a good time. It sounds wonderful. Blessings, Catherine

Anonymous said...

Great photos! Inspiration to take at trip to Pennsylvania. Too far. Wish Emeril would open a restaurant in his native city of Fall River, Massachusetts. Meanwhile I just have to get out his cookbooks.