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6- The Michigan Daily - Weekend etc. - Thursday, October 6, 1994

New restaurant found to be in food 'Taste'

A Taste of
Italy
808 S. State
996-4424

Hours: Sun-Wed 11a.m.-midnight
Thurs-Sat Ila.m.-4 a.m.
Dine-in/Take-out/Delivery
Price: Appetizers $1.95-$3.95, Soup/
Salads $2.50-$5.25, Pasta Dishes/
Specialty Sandwiches/Hoagies $4.95-
$8.95. Desserts $1.75-$3.95
Notes:
Vegetarian friendly
All non-smoking
Visa, MC, cash, checks
No wheelchair access
Dress: Casual
Rating (out of five Ms):
MMMM
(Mmm Mmm Good)

By PAUL BARGER
The area surrounding the .corner
of Packard and South State Street,
known as the Triangle, has never been
recognized as a hot spot for fine din-
ing. Most of the establishments on the
block are visited because the food is
cooked quickly and the quality of the
meal and the prices aren't all that bad.
A Taste of Italy emulates that de-
scription, but is a step above the tradi-
tional favorites.
Owned and operated by the Caruso
and Borelli family, A Taste of Italy
accomplishes something that many
restaurants in town do not. It has been
masked in the typical style of the
Triangle restaurants while still pro-
viding a meal that would be worthy of
many of the higher class eateries
throughout Ann Arbor.
When I was told that I was review-
ing this particular restaurant I antici-
pated a heaping plate of grease and
fat. Past experience dictated that the

menu would be bland, unsatisfying
and posted up on a wall. I was pleas-
antly surprised when I actually got
there and opened the rather lengthy
and varied menu. Salads, sandwiches,
pastas, and A Taste of Italy's spe-
cialty, South Philly Steak Sandwiches.
I was beginning to like this place.
The waiter promptly came over,
perhaps too promptly, and asked to
take my order before I had made it
past the appetizers. In all fairness A
Taste of Italy is ih a setting that is not
conducive to waitering, and they
would probably be doing themselves
a favor if they only took orders at the
counter.
I was told in advance by a friend
that I had to begin my meal with the
Italian French Fries, but instead I opted
for a personal favorite, Bruschetta
Bread. Bruschetta Bread is Italian
bread "topped with a mixture of diced
tomato, green onions and spices mixed
together in special dressing." Unfor-
tunately, the bread could be a meal in
itself and I was already stuffed by the
time I had finished. As I was taking
my last bite the main course arrived,
Lasagna ($8.95). It was hot, fresh and
surprisingly delicious.
One of my companions ordered
one of the eight cheese steaks ($4.95-
$6.25) and informed me that the waiter
had given him the wrong item. He had
requested the mushroom cheese steak,
steak with mushrooms and Philly
Famous cheese sauce, but had mis-
takenly gotten a Cheese Steak Hoagie
which is topped with cheese, lettuce,
tomato, raw onions and oregano. He
ate it anyway, but wasn't happy.
I tried a piece of his sandwich and
decided that it would be in the best
interest of patrons to order the Double

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TONYA BROAD/Daily
A Taste of Italy is the latest to join the Packard-S. State dining area, and has quickly risen above the competition.

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Cheese Steak. A Taste of Italy does
not skimp on bread or pasta, but does
need to use more meat. If you are
looking for a good steak sandwich,
walk next door to Spot's.
However, I was pleased with my
meal and forced myself to order
Tiramisu ($3.95) to top off the
evening. To my amazement, it was as
good as I had had in quite some time
and left me longing for my next visit.
Those that don't think they have
time to eat at A Taste of Italy should
keep in mind that my entire meal took
no longer than 15 minutes. There is
also takeout and delivery service that

runs until 4 a.m.
A Taste of Italy defies logic. Most
would pass by it in transit to more
traditional establishments (Pizza
Bob's, Spot's, Geppeto's etc.). Those
that do pass up the opportunity to stop
in and give the new kid on the block a

chance are making a big mistake. It
could very well be the best kept secret
in town and proves that looks and
location can be deceiving. A Taste of
' Italy provides, by far, the best meal
one could find on the Triangle or in
most places for that matter.

KIDS
Continued from page 5
approach, the central successful element to the "Kids" was that they shared the
same comic vision. Scripting most of their own material (all of it in the original
season), assisted only by a handful of others (including the towel-clad Paul
Bellini), the "Kids" did not have to compromise their comedy or use their own
talents in other writer's tired material (read: "Saturday Night Live"). The
"Kids" remained fresh, to the very end.
Not limiting themselves to the stage or sets as most sketch comedy does,
the "Kids" broadened their comedy. The typical show featured a series of short
sketches containing the same characters and were usually filmed off a
soundstage. At times, the "Kids" even ventured outdoors for a musical
number.
The future plans of the five members of the "Kids in the Hall" comedy
troupe is largely unknown. Despite having exhausted their material as a
troupe, they still are by no means sapped of individual talent. David Foley was
cast in the Lorne Michaels' film "It's Pat" as the androgynous Pat's equally
androgynous mate, but that film has been trimmed to a startlingly short length
and is most likely doomed to go straight-to-video. Rumors over the summer
placed Bruce McCullough and Mark McKinney on the cast of "Saturday Night
Live" but neither made an appearance on the season premiere. This is all too
disappointing, particularly considering how badly the show could use their
talents. In particular, McKinney, who along with Thompson, is probably the
most versatile of the group and who's coffee-shop reared doormat Darrill (not
Darryl, Darrill) would have been an instant candidate for a reoccurmng
character.

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