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Pestos Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

3123 Calumet Avenue, Valparaiso, IN 46383
219 462 0993
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Ranked #21 of 124 restaurants in Valparaiso
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Duluth, Minnesota
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The menu is extensive, the atmosphere is pleasant, portions were generous, and the service generally was good. So why the average rating? Because the food was strictly ordinary. Pizza (deep dish) had a doughy crust and the toppings and sauce were little different than what you'd get from a chain -- not bad, but not interesting. Veal had a one-dimensional... More

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Valparaiso
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Just like others have said - decent food, but terrible management and ownership. I have owned a restaurant for 40 years and I know bad management when I see it. There was hair in my dessert and I asked to speak to a manager. I was happy when the man said he was a manager. Well, I explained my situation... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Every now and then when I go to a new restaurant I get lucky and pick a winner off the menu on my first try. Such was the case with Pestos and one of their signature selections macadamia nut crusted chicken. No need to look at the menu since. My fiancee on the other hand is a bit more adventurous... More

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GRANGER
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were in Valpo for the weekend and had read good reviews of this restaurant as well as looking at the menu on-line. We both had the Crab-crusted Chilean Sea Bass (why we went) and it was totally awesome. I only have food that nicely presented and exceptional on a cruise! The salad and hot, homemade bread were delicious. We... More

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Valpo IN
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

We dined on seafood and noodles in a vodka cream sauce with asparagus and Tuscan filet mignon on a bed of potatoes and asparagus. The lobster, shrimp and scallops were delicious as were the wide noodles and sauce. The filet was ordered medium rare and was perfectly done and very tender. This will be one of our go to restaurants.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Pesto salmon, fresh bread, wine, macadamia chicken with red pepper cream sauce....total yum! Great service with a smile. We went for anniversary dinner.

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Goshen, Indiana
Top Contributor
90 reviews 90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We met our son & his new fiance' and her parents here for a meet and greet as Valpo was centrally located. This was not too far off the 80/90 tollway which we took over. We did not have reservations but were seated quickly in a small room off the main dining, which we appreciated very much since the main... More

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

We went to Pestos for a family dinner prior to Valpo's graduation with a family group of 9. The food and the service was GREAT. The portions are huge and it is a great value. The restaurant was very busy with Prom and graduation, yet they handled the volume very, very well. It's a bit noisy for the older family... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I realize that Pesto's is somewhat of a Valpo icon and have been there several times in the past for different reasons, but seriously , this was the worse lunch I can recall. The food was just plain bad. Vodka chicken was swimming in a sour tasting, way too rich sauce, the Pesto 's appetizer sampler was a collection of... More

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Valparaiso
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

Always a great place to take in a meal and spend some enjoyable time together with family and friends. The food is always better than expected and there is plenty to choose from. The service is also personal and excellent. Pesto's is a hidden gem in Valparaiso. We always come back for another visit and look forward to it!

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