The township's newest Italian restaurant will open in the former Tuscan Tavern building on College Drive.
Salvatore’s Trattoria, an Italian family-friendly restaurant, will open its doors for business on Thursday. The new restaurant occupies the former Tuscan Tavern restaurant's space in the Laurel Hill Plaza, at 2001 College Drive. Tuscan Tavern closed its doors in early 2010. The building has been empty ever since. Unlike the Tuscan Tavern, which had a full bar, Salvatore’s will be a BYOB. This is the only location for the Trattoria, which will feature traditional Italian specialties ranging from $10 to $30. The restaurant will serve both lunch and dinner and will be open seven days a week, from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Salvatore’s website is not fully completed, but should be in time for the opening.
The service could use tweaking, but the food and atmosphere are winners.
There is something about an upscale Italian restaurant that feels kind of like home. I could feel that way because I'm Italian, or maybe because there are just certain things you can depend on finding at such an establishment—house-made pastas, rustic dishes, good sauce and a selection of rich desserts. One example is Blackwood's Filomena Cuccina Italiana, a restaurant that includes all of the dependable characteristics of a Italian eatery, plus a few twists that make for a memorable meal. On a recent Friday night at the location on Blackwood Clementon Road, I was seated immediately without a reservation. This was a nice surprise considering the crowded parking lot and full dining room. The atmosphere in Filomena's main dining room is …