I visited Pelligrino’s last night with a friend and was pleasantly surprised that such a yummy place existed in the small and charming town of Troutman! I’ve had it on my list to try for a while now, and finally got my chance. So glad we did! It sits in a small strip mall, but is surprisingly deep with plenty of seating! And even on a wet Tuesday evening they were doing a brisk business.
We were seated without waiting at a table of our choice. There was a tiny delay in our server coming over, but he did check in with us, so it was not a problem. The server helped guide us on our entrees and gave us honest feedback on dishes. I appreciated that!
My friend ordered Capellini Puttanesca which had tomatoes, olives, anchovies, garlic and olive oil. It was really delicious, very tangy and so filling. She had to take half home so we could save room for birthday cake!
I had the Pollo di Massimo which was a chicken breast pounded thin and lightly fried, topped with fresh tomatoes, prosciutto, buffalo mozzarella and their fresh tomato sauce. It was served with a side of penne pasta in the same tomato sauce. The chicken was well cooked and flavorful. I loved the cheesy topping, and the flavor of the prosciutto together with the sauce. The sauce, however, did lack flavor on its own on the pasta. The pasta could have stood some salt in the water it was cooked in, too.
The surprise delight of the night was the triple chocolate cake! It is made for them by Queen City Bakery and it was so darn good! It was very moist and pretty to look at! Be warned, though..it is also quite rich! We could have used some whip cream or ice cream to cut the sweetness.
We had a great night, way too much food with kind servers. I will be back!