LACKAWANNA, N.Y. -Unique Eats may have headed to a small neighborhood in Lackawanna, but there's nothing small about the food.
Tucked away on a side street off Route 5, Mulberry Italian Ristorante is a bit hard to find (64 Jackson Avenue if you want to Google it) in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It started as a bar frequented by Bethlehem Steel workers but has grown over the years as a restaurant.
Co-owner and chef Joe Jerge has worked there since he was a teenager. You'll see a lot of him by the entrance- he's posted pictures on the wall of himself with the many local and national celebrities that have stopped in. Jerge says the fact that those celebrities eat right alongside anyone else in the dining room is part of the charm of the place.
The bar has a very sports-y feel with Sabres and Bills jerseys on the walls, mixed in alongside memorabilia and pictures from Buffalo and New York City. Further back, there's a more intimate setting in the dining room- a mix of styles that makes the place welcoming to people of many different tastes.
And speaking of tastes, it's hard not to find something you like. The fresh caprese salad is a delicious starter, and Unique Eats got to try a wide variety of entrees. The famous giant meatball and lasagna are both tasty and hefty and the gnocchi and pastas carbonara and bolognese are filling and excellent.
But if you're looking for something different, try the chicken violanti- chicken encrusted in parmesan, topped with tomato slices with a layer of melted provolone in a lemon butter sauce. It's not a dish you'll find everywhere- and it's pretty amazing.
Mulberry is open 11:30am-2:30pm and 4-9:30pm Mondays through Saturdays. Sundays, it's open 3-9pm.
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