Greenville's Cucina LaMantia, a Sicilian restaurant that has gained a following with its 14-course dinners, begins offering lunch sandwiches and entrees on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
The restaurant is at 3700 S. Memorial Drive at the corner of Thomas Langston Road.
Chef Charlie LaMantia and his wife Lauren have filled the extensive lunch menu with fare from Palermo, Sicily by way of New Jersey. The 14 sandwiches, eight pastas, and eight entrees all are named for Italian people and places.
Appetizers include homemade fresh mozzarella cheese made daily by Chef Charlie; Panelle, a traditional vendor food from the streets of Palermo made with chickpeas; and "Charlie's Famous Bruschetta" -- toasted bread with a chopped tomato and basil topping.
Sandwiches are served on toasted garlic bread and include The Tony Soprano (breaded fried chicken cutlet topped with mozzarella and housemade roma tomato sauce); The Godfather (fried Italian sausage link topped with onions, peppers and potatoes in a white wine sauce); and The Luca Brasi (albacore tuna with onions, celery, lemon juice and olive oil -- served cold). All sandwiches come with a side of Rose's Italian Potato Salad, a recipe from the chef's mother that includes potatoes, tomatoes and onions tossed in olive oil.
Pasta dishes run from the simple (The Marino featuring homemade tomato sauce topped with fresh basil and grated cheese) to the more complex (The Leon with garlic, onions, pancetta, eggplant, peas and tomatoes in a red wine and vodka cream sauce).
Entrees -- served with a side of pasta and tomato sauce -- include The Jersey Shore (sauteed boneless chicken breast topped with mushrooms in a Marsala wine sauce), The Notare (spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce and two oversized Mafioso Meatballs), and The Wayne (sauteed veal cutlet topped with a lemon white wine and butter sauce).
For dessert, there's Italian favorites cannoli, tiramisu and tartufo (vanilla ice cream rolled in cookie crumbs with chopped cherries in the middle).
Beverages are nonalcoholic and include iced tea, bottled Pepsi products, and Pellegrino.
Lunch is available for dine in or take out from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Cash, credit cards and debit cards are accepted.
Call 252-242-2525 or visit www.cucinalamantia.com.
The restaurant's 14-course dinner -- with no menu and by reservation only -- still is offered at one 6 p.m. seating on Friday and Saturday nights. Call the restaurant for details or reservations.
Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, wrote The Daily Reflector's Hot Dish restaurant column for 12 years and the Greensboro News & Record's Short Orders restaurant column for 8 years. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.