—by Dave Williams
316 Bridge St., New Cumberland, PA. 717 547-6250, www.zanellis.com T- Th: 11-9, F-Sat: 11-10
Apparently, it runs in their family and in their blood starting with immigrant grandparents from Northern Italy that started an olive oil and wine import business in NYC early 1900s – to parents that operated a grocery store and butcher shop outside the city. Now brother and sister have opened a bistro style restaurant and bakery in New Cumberland. Dan, who is the Head Chef after 20 years’ experience in Italian kitchens with his sister, Joan, the General Manager, are offering in-house made pastas, salads, appetizers, sandwiches, Stromboli, pizzas and desserts.
A nice selection of appetizers are available from bruschetta to flash-fried calamari to hand-breaded veggies. The roasted eggplant caprese was a delightful twist on the conventional caprese. Salads are nicely presented with the option of adding steak, chicken or shrimp to make a meal. Pastas are the feature with some time tested recipes and a few favorites Dan has acquired over the years. You also can compose your own pasta dish with a selection of sauces and add-ons. However, I suggest trying one of the regular menu items to get a taste for what the Zanellis offer. Mare e Monti, steak and shell fish in a tomato sauce over linguini, and squid ink pasta tossed with calamari in olive oil and garlic sauce were our selections. We left pleased and sated without room for dessert.
Zanelli’s is intended to be a neighborhood, family restaurant. It is a BYOB so come prepared. Reservations are accepted only for parties of 8 or more. Prices are quite reasonable. The Saturday we dined, music was offered by a local singer, guitar player that pleasantly complemented our experience. Enjoy.