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Pasta Paradise at Eat’Italian Restaurant in Greenbier

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Pasta. I mean, what’s not to love? And at Eat’Italian, the restaurant located in the heart of Greenbrier that’s been around for less than a year, pasta is all over the menu. As it should be.

Word on the street is that the food at Eat’Italian is quite good, so I made my way up to the town 45 minutes north of Little Rock for a pasta-filled lunch. First things first, the restaurant is big, and when it is not filled with folks, like at 11 a.m. on a Friday morning, the place can seem really big. Yet it’s a welcoming spot, complete with a friendly, attentive staff eager for you to try many of their dishes.

As I found out (and somewhat expected), cheese is at the forefront of everything they do at Eat’Italian. Our cheese-stuffed, fried ravioli with a side of marinara proved to be a nice, yet unspectacular start to the meal. I prefer a crisper, heavier coated ravioli, so probably wouldn’t order this appetizer again. The complimentary garlic knots were also a nice touch, but I chose to save stomach space for other carbs on the menu, like the Supreme pizza, manicotti, and Chicken al la Parmegiano.

I think you will find the pizza to be quite enjoyable, with a nice crust that resides right in the middle between thick and thin. The toppings–tomato, onion, olives, and mushroom (we eliminated the peppers)—were plentiful and that also goes for the mozzarella. Wow, Eat’Italian is not stingy with the mozzarella. Just look at that cheese pull in the picture below. The cheese had such a freshness to it. That was also the case in the manicotti. The pasta tubes were jammed packed with ricotta and topped with marinara and, again, a massive amount of mozzarella.

The manicotti was my favorite dish of the lunch, but that is taking nothing away from the pizza or chicken Parm, another winner in the eyes of this eater. It is a straightforward offering with a hearty, hand-breaded fried chicken breast topped with marinara, mozzarella, Parmesan, and a garnish of fresh parsley. A pile of spaghetti with more sauce rested 2 inches away on the plate.

If you live in the area, Eat’Italian really needs to be on your list of places to try. We only scratched the surface of what the restaurant has to offer, but our visit did give us a good idea of the kitchen’s talents. Couple that with friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere, and it is easy to see why the restaurant should have continued success. I hope so, as good Italian food is not exactly in great abundance in Central Arkansas. Next time, I’ll probably try out the lasagna, Shrimp & Veal Marsala, Mama’s Spaghetti, shrimp scampi, and Tortellini Casablanca.

And there will be a next time.

Eat’Italian Restaurant
52 S Broadview St (Greenbrier)
Phone: 501-679-0001
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Monday

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Kevin Shalin is a food writer living in Little Rock with his wife, Sara, and two daughters, Natalie (12) and Sydney (7). He started his own blog, The Mighty Rib, seven years ago while living in Houston. Six months later, he began writing for Eating Our Words, a Houston Press food blog. After a year in Boston, he moved to Little Rock, where he’s been for almost five years. During that time, he’s written for Little Rock Soiree, Rock City Eats, Treatsie, and Bourbon and Boots.

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