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Salerno's

139 Moosic Rd., Old Forge, PA - (570) 457-2117
Posted By Michael Stern on 7/21/2003 4:33:00 AM
We came to Salerno’s the wrong time of day, noon. You can eat lunch here, and a very good lunch indeed; but if you are looking for the white pizza that Salerno’s fans uphold as Old Forge’s best – a double-cruster with a blend of several cheeses between the layers, you have to come at suppertime.

Still, lunch was excellent. We got a red pizza, which the bartender assured us was sized just right for two. “I can knock of eight or nine slices myself,” he said. The pie we got was a broad rectangle (Old Forge pizzas have squared corners; they are not circles). It was cut into twelve slices, each of them 2x4-inches and a good inch thick. We’ve got fairly healthy appetites, but wound up taking half of that pizza in a box to munch along the road.

The Old Forge style crust is light and airy, very American in character as opposed to Mediterranean; the tomato sauce on top has a pleasant tang; and the cheese tastes like a blend of Italian and American varieties. It’s easy-to-eat pizza, simple and satisfying.

There is a broad menu beyond pizza in this neighborhood tavern: sausage and peppers, chicken Parmesan sub sandwiches, pasta i fagiole. Many customers take their food at the bar, where they can knock back draft beers and watch the wall-mounted TV.

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This is the reason for everyone to go to Salerno's: the fusilli.  Each piece of pasta is hand-rolled, then curled on a thin wire.  Very labor intensive.  The excellent sauce has a hint of sausage.  You will pay $12.50 for this dish, but it is well worth it.  This should be on every Roadfooder's
"This is the reason for everyone to go to Salerno's: the fusilli. Each piece of pasta is hand-rolled, then curled on a thin wire. Very labor intensive. The excellent sauce has a hint of sausage. You will pay $12.50 for this dish, but it is well worth it. This should be on every Roadfooder's "Bucket List.""
Joseph Rogo





Many of the best Old Forge Pizzas are rectangular.
"Many of the best Old Forge Pizzas are rectangular."
Michael Stern


Here's more proof of our theory that some of the best local specialties in the Mid-Atlantic states are served in bars and taverns. Add Old Forge pizza to the list that includes spiedies, Buffalo wings, beef on weck, and Maryland stuffed ham.
"Here's more proof of our theory that some of the best local specialties in the Mid-Atlantic states are served in bars and taverns. Add Old Forge pizza to the list that includes spiedies, Buffalo wings, beef on weck, and Maryland stuffed ham."
Michael Stern


While it looks like it has thick
"While it looks like it has thick "Sicilian style" crust, Old Forge pizza is different. The bready part is feathery crisp without the rigorous chew of traditional Italian pies."
Michael Stern


There is a dining room in back, but we much prefer eating in the bar, either at the bar or in a nearby booth. Here you can watch people sip beers and see what's on TV. A few minutes before noon, these denizens were watching
"There is a dining room in back, but we much prefer eating in the bar, either at the bar or in a nearby booth. Here you can watch people sip beers and see what's on TV. A few minutes before noon, these denizens were watching "The View.""
Michael Stern



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