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On Monday, September 23, 2013 I had lunch at Castiglia's Italian Eatery at 212 Grocery Avenue in the Food Lion Shopping Center at Senseny and Greenwood Roads, east of Winchester. Although it had announced in an advertising circular that Castiglia's had closed its location at 2100 South Pleasant Valley Road and moved to this address, there was no new signage and it was still called Pizza Amore, which had been in operation almost a year.
I entered and asked the server if it was really Castiglia's now, and was told that it was. The place is open every day at 11:00 AM; it closes at 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday, and at 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. It offers Dine In, Take Out, and Delivery service. The telephone numbers are (540) 722-6084, formerly used at Pleasant Valley Road, and (540) 723-4650, originally used for Pizza Amore.
As you enter the restaurant from the parking lot you see tables along the left wall, with tables for eight in front right at the door. Beyond these are tables for six, with tables for four all the way back. The right wall is brick, dating back to a previous occupancy by a Brick House Pizzeria. More tables are here also, along with a refrigerated display case for desserts. Further back is a service counter for the use of the staff. There are no booths.
I took a seat and looked over the menu, which still bore the Pizza Amore label. I was told that the menu items were the same as those formerly available on Pleasant Valley Road. Its main headings are Appetizers, Salads, Hot Soups, Vegetables, Kid's Menu, Lunch Menu, Dinner Entrees, Chicken, Veal, Eggplant, Seafood, Baked Dishes, Low-Carb Menu, Dolci, Hot Subs and Wraps, Cold Subs and Wraps, Steaks and Burgers, Oven Baked Specialties, Pizza, Gourmet Pizza, Catering Menu, Sandwiches, and Drinks. Dinner items can be ordered for lunch.
I noted that the Gourmet Pizza Menu included Margherita Pizza, which should be available at any Italian restaurant worthy of the name. I'll try it on a future visit, but decided to order Eggplant Parmigiana for my test entree, with pink lemonade as my drink. All dinner entrees are served with a house salad, which had cucumbers, black and green olives, a grape tomato, julienne carrots, and green leaf lettuce. Two small slices of Italian bread were also served.
The entree was served on a large oval ceramic platter. It had a generous serving of eggplant topped with melted cheese and an equally generous serving of spaghetti topped with sauce. The eggplant was very good, and was all I could eat. On the waitress's next visit I asked for a go-box, because the pasta alone was enough for a meal at home later. I'm a slow eater, and wished that the platter had been heated to keep the eggplant from cooling; Mexican restaurants manage to keep their meals warm in this manner.
This location was a Brick House Pizzeria in July 2010 and became Pizza Amore in October of 2012, an offshoot of Castiglia's on Pleasant Valley Road. Apparently at an earlier time a coffee shop here was called Bean There Done That, but I have been unable to find any further information about that incarnation; it apparently was under my radar at the time. Castiglia's is one of three restaurants in this building; it is at one end, next to a Subway, and the Mimosa Asian Fusion Restaurant is at the other end. This shopping center also has a McDonald's facing Senseny Road.— Anonymous Reviewer
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Had dinner tonight with my best friend. VERY disappointing, as I'd been told some years back that this was the best Italian in Winchester. Either they've changed hands, or the friend didn't know good Italian!
We both ordered lasagna, my friend the meat, and me the vegetarian. My salad arrived with brown iceberg lettuce, and the vegetarian lasagna was inedible. The main flavor was salty carrots. Yuck.
My friend's meat lasagna had a good flavor, but bore no resemblance to "lasagna" as I've ever had it. No layers could be distinguished, and it seemed to have sour cream in it instead of ricotta cheese. Very strange, but pretty good, once you got over the shock of this as "lasagna".
The mozzarella sticks were ok (clearly from a frozen box, not fresh made), and the garlic bread was tasty, though low quality "air bread".
All in all, not an experience I care to repeat, and I don't recommend this place to anyone I know.— Anonymous Reviewer