Unassuming location next to the gym on the lower-level of Tower Shopping Center. Plain walls and plain tables with a painted concrete floor gives an industrial look to the dining area.
Our waitress was very nice and not a little over-zealous ( which is better than a zombie!). Once it was determined whether or not we wished beer or wine, the most wonderful large yeast rolls were delivered hot to the table with a dish of White Bean Dip. To our surprise the bean dip was NOT loaded with garlic and had a wonderful bouquet of fresh rosemary instead. The rolls were excellent and we requested some fresh butter to go with them as well. When we received our menus I noticed that everything was priced a la carte.
Before long our waitress brought a Pasta Display Tray to our table. We were able to choose from short pastas such as Rigatoni, Pene Tricolori, Trecce Spinich, Whole Wheat Penne, and Potato Gnocchi. Beautiful long pastas such as Pappardelle, Fettuccine, Tagliatelle, Tagliolini, Capellini, and Gluten-Free Capellini with your choice of Egg or Spinach. Fabulous large Raviloi filled with Ricotta and Spinach, Butternut squash, Mixed Mushrooms, Apples, Sage and Sausage, Four Italian Cheese, and Eggplant and Herbs.
There is a large selection of appetizers and fabulous salads to choose from. I passed on them to concentrate on my entree. I did, however, observe the salads delivered to a nearby table and they looked beautiful.
There is a large selection of either Red or White sauces to go with whichever pasta you order.
I chose the Egg Fettuccine with Funghi a suce of mushrooms, cream and parmesan cheese.I also added Grilled Chicken to this dish for the extra $3.00. My two guests ordered the Cheese and Spinach Ravioli with a classic Alfredo sauce. The large Ravioli comes FOUR to an order so my guests (who both eat like birds) split the order and had more than enough. You can add Chicken, sausage, meatballs, shrimp or salmon to any of the dishes if you choose. A nice option.
Our food arrived hot and well presented. The fresh pasta was fantastic with just the right feel to it. My chicken was perfectly grilled and had a wood-fire taste to it. The Funghi sauce was delicious and had a wonderful mushroom taste. Surprisingly, the Parmesan cheese flavor came through ( I usually prefer Romano). Unfortunately, there wasn't much of that fantastic sauce on my entree and towards the finish it became a bit dry. I am of the opinion that if you are going to charge for the sauce a la carte then I want some sauce!
During our dinner the waitress and restaurant staff constantly checked on us to ask if everything was all right. They seemed almost in a hurry to rush us along although the restaurant was not full. It was a bit much, but I didn't say a word and I felt it was better than some places where you are completely ignored! If I was looking for a romantic dinner or business discussion I will know to ask for some privacy next time.
Before we took our last bite of entree our waitress swooped down on us with the desert sales-pitch.There were quite a few items to choose from such as the many flavors of gelato, etc. I ordered the fresh-made Tiramasu and decided we would split it amongst the three of us. The waitress brought the large piece of Tiramasu out to us perfectly presented, along with extra forks and plates for us to split it up.
The Tiramasu was excellent!
This place was a real treat. There is only one other place in town that serves really authentic Italian foods and they don't have the fabulous fresh pastas that Mirkos offers. It is really refreshing, as sadly, authentic ethnic foods can be a rarity here in the Roanoke valley.
Mirkos also offers a great luncheon menu with all kind of daily specials, salads, soups, panninis
and full entrees.
AND there is a great Children's Menu for 10 years old and under for just $4.99.
I will be back!
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