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Iaria’s Italian Restaurant 317 S. College

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Iaria’s has been around since 1933. So don’t expect Fusion or Cuisine Minceur when you go. What you will get is Old School Italian dishes from very Old School recipes.

The establishment is composed of a dining room and a bar room that has several tables and booths.

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They use plenty of glass blocks in their decor. I think the blocks are great. They were out of favor for a while but they are making a comeback,from what I hear. Iaria’s had them before they were cool.

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As soon as Pat and I decided on Iaria’s we both started having a “taste” for Italian. Pat Alfredo me Piccata,with capers. I had it on good authority they offer an outstanding version with grouper. Pat stayed with his first thoughts,after much rumination. As for me as soon as I walked into the aroma of fresh bread,tomatoes and garlic I knew it had to be red sauce and red wine.

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Pat and I decided to split a half carafe of Malbec for $15, good for 3 glasses,but actually a bit more. It was really a pretty good wine choice. Pat decided on it because he abhors whites. I would have been happy with that or Cab. Once I decided to go red it was an easy decision for my lunch. Spaghetti with red sauce and a meatball. For a 75 cent up charge I got a link of their homemade Italian sausage. Both of our lunches came with a soup or salad choice. Pat;obviously chose salad. I chose a cup of the homemade Minnestroni soup.

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It was pretty good,not outstanding,but good. They also had a SOD; a chicken gnocchi. In the future I will give the SOD a try. As for the main course it was what you would expect from folks that have made sauce for so many years. While some red sauces are too sweet or too tart. Too thin or too thick. Or too much or too little. This was Goldilocks “Just Right”. The amount was enough to wet the pasta, enough leg to properly coat and just enough sweetness to whet the appetite and not sate it.

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As for the star of the show,the meatball. It was expertly seasoned and nicely formed. It may have had a bit too much compaction for my tastes. But different boats etc. This brings us to the sausage. Now this was a wonderful sausage. A great fennel presence with a touch of crushed red pepper for some heat. I think the sausage stands right up their with any I have eaten

Both of are lunches were about $8 with soup or salad and a basket of homemade bread and butter. They also offer pizza and sandwiches. I think the most expensive lunch item was the Grouper Piccata for $11.95. They do a very brisk lunch business with lots of regulars and I can see why. Cozy surroundings,very good food and charming and friendly service. Worth a visit.

Here is a link to their website  Since Zomato seems to have fallen down on the job.


Iaria's Italian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

7 responses

  1. Iaria’s is good. I haven’t been there since maybe 98, but I must have been there 20 times in my life and it was always good.

    December 2, 2015 at 10:18 am

    • Yep a familiar place is always comforting. Like a pair of slippers or a favorite sweater. I just noticed your comment. That is why I am late in responding.

      December 10, 2015 at 10:31 am

      • We drove by Ye Olde Spaghetti Factory last night, still having not taken our younger two there. We both said we should, but then we pretty much said in unison that there are other places to get good spaghetti. Iaria’s came to mind.

        December 10, 2015 at 11:46 am

      • I haven’t been to the Spaghetti factory in years. The Jaycees used to have their monthly meetings there. Buffet and bar. That is what I remember. I did have lunch there once about 15 years ago,with a friend visiting from Baltimore. It was his call.

        December 11, 2015 at 9:35 am

  2. With the snow coming down over your cup of soup, it looks like a perfect autumn treat! I can’t fathom why anyone would choose a salad. Crazy Pat. I am not familiar with Cuisine Minceur, but I know I like glass blocks and art deco. That meal sounds comforting, like you could snuggle up inside it. Especially with a couple glasses of Malbec. Red sauce, red wine, happy man!

    December 2, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    • So right. Life really is grand isn’t it. Sorry I am late with your comment. The little gizmo that tells me when I have a comment is falling down on its job. I just discovered it when I was writing my current review.

      December 10, 2015 at 10:33 am

      • LOL

        December 10, 2015 at 12:01 pm

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