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Gino’s Restaurant and Pizzeria: Tasty Slices in Norristown

April 26, 2016 12:03 pm

Pizza is something there’s no shortage of in Pennsylvania, but everybody has a favorite spot where they claim the pie is a cut above the rest. For Norristown diners, that spot might just be Gino’s. For over 35 years, this family-owned Italian restaurant has been satisfying locals with hearty portions, delectable flavors and good prices. The food here is authentic Italian, not Americanized, and regulars praise the extensive menu. Some of the most popular dishes include the eggplant parmigiana, which is breaded to perfection and served with the right amount of cheese, as well as the lobster ravioli with crab sauce that has a generous amount of seafood in every bite. If you’re craving pizza, the pies here are top of the line, with a crisp, tender crust and an exceptional house-made sauce. Note that Gino’s, like many Pennsylvania restaurants, is BYOB.

Gino's Restaurant and Pizzeria
2401 W. Main Street
Norristown, PA 19403
(610) 539-0155

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Peanut Gallery Tavern: A Friendly Norristown Pub

April 19, 2016 12:03 pm

There’s something comforting about a neighborhood pub – it can serve as a gathering place for times both happy and sad, and endure through generations. A great example is Norristown’s Peanut Gallery Tavern. This family-owned watering hole has been open since 1974, originally named the Cork and Crown. In 1992, its name was changed to the Peanut Gallery to reflect the owner’s lifetime love of peanuts. The second generation took over in 2005 and has been continuing the pub’s mission of good drinks, good food and friendly service. This place has a serious contingent of locals, but they happily welcome new faces. The jukebox is kept loud and the pool tables in the back are usually packed. The food is pretty standard pub grub, but their Buffalo wings are nice and spicy. The beer selection is decent, with some local microbrews on offer, and the bartenders mix inexpensive, strong cocktails. There’s nothing fancy about the Peanut Gallery, but they take care of business quite well.

Peanut Gallery Tavern
1832 Markley Street
Norristown, PA 19401
(610) 275-4777

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What’s In Season? Your Guide to Spring Produce

April 12, 2016 12:03 pm

Spring is a bountiful time of the year when it comes to fresh produce, but it always helps to know exactly what’s in season. If you want to purchase only the freshest, most flavorful fruits and veggies and ensure that they last as long as possible in your fridge, use these helpful tips for understanding spring produce.

  1. Artichokes. Whether you use them on pizzas or add them to your salads, artichokes are a great way to add flavor and nutrients to your meals. Their main harvest takes place during the springtime, so look for artichokes with close, compact leaves and clean-cut stems.
  2. Asparagus. This popular veggie is found in a number of high-end restaurants, but you can easily prepare it at home if you purchase it fresh in the springtime. The thickness doesn’t necessarily indicate tenderness, so don’t overlook thinner or thicker spears at your grocery store.
  3. Carrots. While carrots are commonly found in grocery stores year-round, they taste best during the spring season. Only purchase bundles that are firm to the touch for maximum freshness.
  4. Leafy greens. Nutrient-rich veggies like chard, kale, and other cooking greens tend to turn bitter during hot summer months, so purchase them in the spring for the best taste.
  5. Fennel. If you’ve never cooked with fennel, experiment with this green (a relative of celery) when it comes into season during the warmer springtime.
  6. Grapefruit. Create a nutritious breakfast by adding grapefruit, which starts to become plump and juicy in January.

Spring Produce: Your Guide to Picking the Best [Greatist]
What’s in Season? Spring [Fruits and Veggies More Matters]
Fresh Spring Fruits and Vegetables [About Food]

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