Siciliano's Italian Eatery

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If you’re tired of calling a jaunt to Sbarro in Schine an authentic Italian meal, then look no further than Siciliano’s Italian Eatery for a quality spaghetti fix. Located less than five miles from campus at 6380 Thompson Road, Siciliano’s is nestled between East Wok and Jreck Subs in a small strip mall.

The Carrier towers are next door, and the bustle of Carrier Circle is close enough to be heard. It may be a little confusing to locate, however, because the sign above the restaurant says J’s Pizza Pizza instead of Siciliano’s. The new name is not reflected in a sign as of February 2009.

Blue Plate Special: The section of Siciliano’s menu titled "Homemade Italian Dinners" makes the trek out of your apartment worth it. You'll find seafood alla marinara and spicy shrimp penne diablo. Servers at Siciliano’s dish up authentic Italian cuisine with aromas to die for; don’t forget to sample the salad and breadsticks. At $6 for a large salad, $5.50 for a grilled chicken wrap and $11 for a large cheese pizza, Siciliano’s falls in the same price range as many chain restaurants. It won’t break your wallet but it may have an impact on your waistline. Skip a couple of beers Saturday night, and you’ll have enough money for a quality dinner instead of dining hall chicken nuggets.

The Crowd: Despite being proclaimed an Italian eatery, Siciliano’s offers something for everyone. Walk in and you’ll find burgers, wings, wraps and 14 different subs. Still not feeling filled up?  Siciliano’s offers dessert and includes something for the anti-health adventurer: deep-fried Oreos.  Just be sure to have a buddy check your pulse after you munch through these treats.

When To Go: Siciliano's is open 10 a.m.-midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.-3 a.m., Friday and Saturday. The beauty of Siciliano’s is that everyone can find his or her niche. The restaurant offers early lunch for the older set, a family meal after the school concert or a 2 a.m. delivery for the college students. Take your parents, little brother or friends; everyone will be satisfied.

The Scene: Although décor is limited, what exists sets the tone as a casual place to pop in and grab a slice of pizza. A fish tank sits in the corner with an Italian flag hanging overhead. The television provides entertainment for a quick lunch break. The circular tables offer a place to sit with friends and chat.

The Crew: The staff sets a casual tone; anything more than jeans would be a little too dressy for Siciliano’s.

Pizza: What’s a trip to Italy without pizza? Siciliano’s offers a variety of specialty pizzas that combine unique flavors. Try the Bugs Bunny pizza that features sweet peppers, black olives, mushrooms, onions and fresh tomatoes. If you’re more of a meat lover, then try the Superman, chicken bacon ranch or buffalo chicken pizza. Sicilano’s can also take care of your party needs with a 32-slice sheet pizza and catering. If you can dream it up, Siciliano’s can probably create it.

Helpful Hint: Not lucky enough to drive daddy’s new Benz? Don’t fret. Siciliano’s recently joined and offers delivery to the Syracuse campus. The restaurant’s last delivery on weeknights is midnight. But Friday and Saturday, Siciliano's will drop your meals off until the doors close at 3 a.m. So whether you simply can’t or don’t want to brave 14 inches of snow and sub-zero weather, Siciliano’s cooks and transports for you.

The Deets: A cheap place to go and grab some lunch as well as a great late-night run. A very casual place with good variety and meals.

Reviewed by Heather Crowley


3106 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13206
(315) 636-5027

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