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Alta in Hazleton, PA

Mosca | Feb 20, 2005 11:22 AM

In response to Jim Leff's question buried deep in an admonishion way down the forum, "Anyone eat anything great lately?"

Yeah, I did.

I know almost no one is going to go to Hazleton, or ever search out Alta if they do. But I have recently had some of the most OUTSTANDINGLY crafted Italian food from Alta.

First and foremost, Pollo Alta (Red). This is shredded dark chicken meat with red and green pepper, olives, mushrooms, and onions in a thin red sauce (not as thick as a marinara) served over ziti. Unbelievably good. Just outstanding.

Also, the tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Aneillo (Neil) has a thing about olives, because he uses them here, as well. Tomatoes and fresh mozzarella is ALWAYS good; this has that something extra that makes you ask for more.

Hot tuna, peppers, olives, mushrooms, and onions. Yow.

The lasagna; I think it has crack in it, because every 20 minutes I need to take a bit more. There is crumbled sweet sausage in there, but only enough to tease, like a great perfume does.

Sausage and potatoes; homemade sausage, redskin potatoes, onions, green peppers, in olive oil. Just perfect. not too greasy, not too dry, the potatoes firm onthe outside and soft on the inside, not mushy at all, the sausage bits spicy and bursting with flavor as you bite into them.

Hazleton Italian is "Grandma Italian". Old American Italian, like you'd imagine getting in some long ago forgotten imaginary ethnic past life. Someone's gotta do a food tour of Hazleton PA. The only problem is, you could spent the first week doing a food tour of Alta. Then the next week a food tour of The Ovalon, Then the next week a food tour of The Library. Then a week on Zola's Italian House, then a week on Scatton's, a week on Brother Bruno's, Amici's....

Tom

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