I don’t get out to Clearfield often, it isn’t exactly on my radar and, to be honest, I just assumed there wasn’t much there. When Pranzo Italiano invited me to stop in for dinner, I got a little bit lost finding my way and just when I thought I had taken a wrong turn, there it was.Located next to Bogey’s Bar in the space where Egg-Cetera used to be, it is easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. I assure you though, it’s worth searching for.
Inside this little restaurant, the interior is warm and inviting with light green walls, lovely white built in shelving and a blazing fireplace. Classic music played in the background, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, all perfectly complimenting the environment. We first ordered some Italian sodas with home-made cream, they were all very rich and would be perfect on a summer day. Although it was a bit too rich for me, I think my daughters would have enjoyed it very much. After drinks had been served, the chef brought out warm and fluffy bread with olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon juice, a perfectly light treat before our food arrived.
I was feeling a bit adventurous on this particular night, so I decided to order some mussels.Being a bit paranoid about seafood, I may have grilled the waiter about where the mussels came from. Satisfied that I was getting a fresh batch, I finally ordered. I am so glad that I went out of my dining comfort zone because those mussels were some of the best I have ever had. A vibrant and rich dish served in a fish and garlic broth with toasted bread and lemon zest. I didn’t want the flavors to end, so I used up all my bread soaking up every last drop. Along with our mussels, we were served fried mozzarella. Unlike the sticks you will get and other restaurants, this appetizer is thick slices of mozzarella ball breaded and fried, but not greasy.
For our entree’s we all must have been craving creamy sauces, because without realizing it we ordered three very different dishes with three fabulous white sauces- Chicken Saltimbocca, Gnocchi, and Branzino with Lemon Risotto. I chose the Chicken Saltimbocca; Chicken layered with prosciutto and provolone on a bed of sauteed spinach and fettuccine. I would have liked a bit more sauce with the chicken to add some moisture, but the dish was devoured just the same. I stole some bites of my friends dishes and was delighted to find that the gnocchi was homemade; it literally melted in my mouth. The Lemon Risotto was my favorite of the 3, the extra bit of fresh lemon from the fish made the dish pop.
I made sure not to get too full so I could try the tiramisu, my absolute favorite dessert of all time. Anytime I am sad, my husband will drive to get me a slice of my favorite tiramisu, and now I think it’s safe to say I have two places he can run to. This tiramisu is quite unique, it is very light and fluffy and had a unique flavor I just could not place. After a bit of questioning, I managed to get the chef to confess that the secret is a nice rum. Needless to say, there wasn’t a drop left of my dessert.
The prices for these dishes is on the higher end of the spectrum, but the portions were large enough to feed 2, and we all left with quite a bit leftover. The wait staff is friendly and helpful, although we could have used a bit more attention in the beginning. I wish this restaurant were in a more pronounced location, but the drive is very short and as long as you know to look for the neon Bogeys sign you shouldn’t have a problem. Pranzo Italiano is a fabulous date night restaurant, and one I would love to see packed on the weekends. Check it out for yourself and let me know what you think!
**I was compensation for my meal, but all opinions are my own. **