By Mina Yamashita
From strip malls to busy intersections, three restaurants with new menus almost blend into the Heights’ neighborhood sprawl. You have to look twice or you may miss them; then be prepared to eat well and within your budget.
Gregorio’s Italian Kitchen
4200 Wyoming NE • 323-7633
A trip to Italy inspired Matt DiGregory (The Range, Standard Diner) to transform his Rodeo Grill into Gregorio’s Italian Kitchen. The cowboy décor has been replaced by generations of family portraits. Signage is yet to be installed facing the parking lot—it’s that new. If you’ve never been to the location, you’ll find it tucked off of Wyoming near the south end of Montgomery Crossing.
DiGregory says he delved into his Italian heritage while visiting Rome. It shows in the menu. Pastas are listed by type; you choose your sauce and à la carte items such as sausage or meatballs. There are panini, artisanal pizzas, soups, salads and an interesting dessert list that includes several ice creams, as well as tiramisu. My friend’s Margherita pizza was a hit. I enjoyed my eggplant Parmesan, and housemade marinara on a side of spaghetti held the bright taste of fresh tomatoes.
Johnny's Homemade Takeout and Delivery
1301 Eubank NE • 237-9850
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