RE: Erculini's in Gallitzin, PA
Certainly one of my favorite restaurants, ever, anywhere. It has been years since I''ve been there but a couple of stories come to mind.
When I was a youth (a long time ago), my family stopped at Erculini's. My younger brother who about 7 or 8 at the time, wanted ravioli. It wasn't on the menu. Mr. Erculini (still at the helm in those days), said that wouldn't be a problem. They would make some from scratch. A bit later, some of the best cheese stuffed pasta you could imagine was brought to the table.
As an adult many years later, I was dating a woman whose parents lived in the Portland, OR area. Her dad was a recently retired engineer, who had worked all other the world during his career. We got talking about cuisines and eating spots and then he said that the best restaurant he had ever been to was, "...in a little town in Western Pennsylvania called...". Before he could finish, I blurted out" ERCULINI's!" He was shocked. How could I have possibly known about Erculinis?
The antipasti and other goodies brought around to sample easily could fill you up even the biggest eaters before they even ordered. And the cheese cart brought around after the main meal was a feast for the eyes, as well as the belly.
That was a dining experience for the ages.