Located beachside in New Smyrna Beach is a gem of an Italian restaurant by the name of Touch of Italy. It is easy to find, driving south just look for the large Dollar General Market on the west side of South Atlantic Avenue. It is in that shopping center.
Sal, the owner, is about the nicest person you will meet. Chances are he is the one who will greet you when you come in the door and he will show you to your table or booth. If you go back a second time there is a strong possibility he is going to recognize you. He is just that type of person.
The menu offers traditional American Italian cuisine. You can get everything from pizza to pasta to sandwiches during lunch hours. All of it is cooked to order and delicious. Pizzas come in traditional or deep-dish Sicilian style. Several specialty options are available or create your own from a list of toppings. This is much better than any chain you will find and priced very competitively.
On our most recent visit, we opted to order pasta dishes rather than pizza. We have ordered this way before so we knew we would not be disappointed. The meal starts with a breadbasket. The bread is delicious but don’t fill up here. With our entrees came a salad option. We both opted for the Caesar, which came with dressing on the side making it easy to control and customize to your preference. My wife ordered the baked ziti and I opted for lasagna. The sauce is delicious and my wife’s favorite locally. It is a thinner, more tomato based offering. It is not loaded up with sugar, as you will find in most processed sauces. Her portion was quite large and she was able to make two meals out of it. My lasagna (pictured) was perfect. Layers of pasta, sauce, meat, and plenty of cheese delivered bubbly hot. For some you might add a dash or two of salt to the sauce but I passed in order to enjoy the recipe as created.
We did not partake of dessert or view the wine list so I am not able to comment on either part of the
The service was excellent. Sal greeted us the door immediately and showed us to a booth. My wife has
eaten there many times though she and I have not been in several years. He remembered her and was
able to remember details about her mother as well. Service like that is near impossible to find. Our
server was friendly and attentive but not overbearing. She brought new drinks without any hesitation.
Once our food was delivered she and Sal both stopped by to check and make sure everything met
The restaurant was clean, staff made sure tables were bused quickly, with tables, and booths, wiped
down and sanitized. The carpets were clean and it was easy to see that staff takes pride in their work.
A Touch of Italy is a bit out of the way if you live on mainland but it is worth the drive. The food and
service are both top notch. We will certainly be adding this restaurant back to our regular rotation.
You can visit Touch of Italy at:
4198 S. Atlantic Avenue
New Smyrna Beach, FL
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