Pasquetti’s

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We decided to try Pasquetti’s, which is a new Italian/Steakhouse that is in what had been a Wendy’s on Jefferson Blvd. and around a 1/4 mile East of Jefferson Pointe Mall in Fort Wayne, IN.  It is open 11am to 11pm daily.

It was nicely decorated and had white paper tablecloths on top of white cloth tablecloths and maroon cloth napkins and played soft 60’s music, such as Dean Martin and Frankie Valli and it kind of gives the place a “Mad Men” sort of vibe, like you are eating a modernized version of a 60’s Italian place.

The menu consisted of appetizers, individual pizzas, salads, pasta dishes, steak dishes along with some seafood dishes such as Salmon, Tuna a Veal dish, a pork chop dish and a chicken dish.  They also half a dozen desserts.  They even offer Steak Diane for $22, which was a popular dish in the 60’s and early 70’s at swankier places (which is why I have never tried it) and made with a cognac, butter, and shallot sauce and flambeed before serving.

They even offer Steak Diane for $22, which was a popular dish in the 60’s and early 70’s at swankier places, which is why I have never tried it.  I only know that as it was on a TV show or movie on TV when I was a kid and I asked my Mom and she described it as something rich people at fancy places in big cities.   The steak is basted  with a cognac, butter, and shallot sauce and usually flambeed tableside before serving.

These were some of the less expensive items and I thought would be a better deal for the money, which they turned out to be.  The most expensive thing on the menu was a Porterhouse Steak for $26.  They also have a menu for kids under 12/Seniors over 65 that are less expensive and smaller portions.    Outside the have advertised they have a pasta bar during lunch hours for $9.

Our waiter was professional and attentive.

They have not been open very long and in taking that into consideration for the glitches, overall it was an enjoyable experience.  One thing I don’t like is they have only Pepsi products, but it is a place we will dine at again.

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Being open until 11pm is a plus; in the past, we have had trouble finding places open after 9pm.

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We didn’t like the painting on this wall.  Despite the bright colors, the warped looking people give off a disturbing vibe and glad we weren’t seated in that section.

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Caeser salad – was very good with crisp lettuce, sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese, crunchy croutons and just the right amount of Caeser dressing, although they also offer Bleu Cheese dressing and Marv said it was one of the better ones he has ever had.

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Garlic Knots – were hot, buttery with the texture of a thick crescent roll, but wish it had been more garlicky and it would have been perfect.

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The Fettucini Alfredo was a very generous portion and the noodles were of a good consistency and the sauce ok.  The waiter asked if I wanted a side of Parmesan, which I accepted and I liked it much better with the additional Parmesan on top.

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The steak that was ordered was to be well done but was a little pink in the middle, but the waiter offered to take it back to have it cooked a little more and when it came back Marv said it looked great.

He really enjoyed the broccoli, which would have to have been blanched before cooking to get the bright green color and the Rosemary Potatoes a slightly crispy outer coating with a hint of Rosemary and a fluffy texture inside.

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As a special, the offered pineapple upside down cake and a scoop of ice cream for $6 and the waiter brought it in separate bowls and it was pretty good, but not as good as my Mom’s used to be – I commented I think she used Rum in her sauce and come to think of it, she made a lot of boozy cakes, like her Rum Bundt cake that was slathered in sugar, Rum, and pecans but as the cakes are cooked, as was the sauce on the stove to reduce it, you got the flavor without the alcohol content.  I think it was a 70’s thing.

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