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Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant

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Steakhouse, Italian, Pizza, Healthy, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
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All reviews pasta tiramisu ziti steak bread creamy garlic dressing in town des moines thin crust the entire staff from scratch an appetizer menu items great job loretta claudio salvatores
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Reviewed August 29, 2022

We were traveling through the area and knew we would be hitting Muscatine about dinner time. As were are completely unfamiliar with Muscatine, I did a Goole search for restaurants in Muscatine. Top 10 restaurants according to TripAdvisor came up. Salvatore's was indicated as #1....Okay, good enough for us. I put the address in our GPS and found the place easy enough. The restaurant decor is cute enough. However, from the get-go, our server was not friendly. It was a very awkward experience. The food was good, but I felt the prices were pretty high for what you get. They must be playing off the #1 status. If I ever go through Muscatine again, I will definitely go somewhere else.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 7, 2022

My wife and I stumbled on this wonderful family-run restaurant on a recent birthday stay in Muscatine. We could not have done better. We met the owners who were super engaging and had the best waitress imaginable in Hayley. Oh, and the food was terrific!

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 3, 2022

I have visited Salvatore's several time during the last few months and have never been disappointed. The team is always pleasant, friendly and efficient. The restaurant is always clean. I have tried several dishes from pizza to lasagna, ravioli and baked ziti. The food s...fresh and hot and always served with a smile. I have even dined with colleagues and they share the same feedback. Never disappointed. Thank you Haley and Claudio for always providing the traveling soul with a fresh, friendly and delicious meal. Enjoy the Day. Mike CramerMore

Date of visit: May 2022
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Salvatore's O, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2022

Thank you for the time you took to send us your kind words. We at Papa Reno's try our best and even when we disappoint we try to make it right some how. Mike Take Care!

Reviewed April 27, 2022 via mobile

You just walk in the place and you feel so at home and the wait staff, Kayla and Claudia were very professional and courteous. The was food excellent and the beer was really cold. The owner was very hospitable. I would recommend this restaurant to...anyone visiting the Muscatine area. You won’t be disappointed. RHMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Salvatore's O, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2022

Robin, it was a pleasant experience to host you. We hope to see you again someday! Best wishes Claudio & Staff!

Reviewed April 26, 2022

Our server Kayla was energetic and very attentive to our needs. The food was served promptly, very hot, and from scratch delicious. Got a chance to talk with Claudio (proprietor) after dinner. - Thank you much

Date of visit: April 2022
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Salvatore's O, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2022

Kayla is one of many dedicated family members. Thats what we think of our staf... a Family! Regards

Reviewed April 12, 2022 via mobile

Stopped in for dinner during a work trip as a recommendation from my dad who came six years ago. This place has charm, good food and friendly staff. Really enjoyed the veal marsala and tiramisu, plus you can't beat the places that give you bread...and a salad with your meal. Thanks for the service and conversation Bailey and Claudio (and for the recommendation dad)!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Salvatore's O, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2022

Six years ago and here is the son.... Wow that is such a great event! Hopefully we will see more of your family soon!! Claudio Vitale

Reviewed April 9, 2022

We were celebrating a family birthday today. The food was excellent, as always. At our table we had a variety of pasta, pizza, several appetizers and dessert. Everything was wonderful! Loretta was our server and was terrific! Claudio and his staff are great! If you...visit Muscatine, you want to make time to eat at Salvatore's!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Salvatore's O, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2022

Meg, we apologize for the late reply! Please spread the word as we are a small "ma & pop" shop who lives for their customers! Claudio Vitale

Reviewed April 2, 2022

Excellent Italian food, good lunch selections. Very good portions for price. While the outside looks like just another storefront, once you step inside it is really a nice place. Service was excellent. Our hostess was Loretta and she was very friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Salvatore's O, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2022

We appreciate the comment of the storefront! Thank you for your time taken in writing your thoughts! Claudio Vitale

Reviewed March 25, 2022 via mobile

Food was excellent staff was amazing they even went above and beyond to accommodate us by opening a little early! Had a family member that was rushed to the hospital so we were just waiting around and they opened a little early for us!

Date of visit: March 2022
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SalvatoresOriginal, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2022

Hope your brother (if it is) is doing well! It was great to have you!

Reviewed February 6, 2022 via mobile

We’ve hit up this little Italian gem couple of times over the past few months. The bread is perfect and the food overall is great. Good little spot to relax. Our waitress, Loretta was kind and attentive! Would recommend to anyone! Go go go!

Date of visit: February 2022
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SalvatoresOriginal, Other at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2022

Thank you so much for your great words. We really try to be the best at what we do!

Reviewed February 4, 2022

We had a great time tonight. Loretta was excellent! The salad with homemade creamy garlic dressing was very fresh the Capricossa pizza and the Seafood Estella spicy pasta were fabulous! Would highly recommend these menu items, and hope we can have Loretta be our server...next time we are in—we will certainly ask for her.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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SalvatoresOriginal, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2022

Kris, we hope to see you soon. Come and say hi. Claudio the owner will surely be excited to chat and give you a recomendation!

Reviewed January 21, 2022

We have traveled throughout the U.S. and have eaten many meatball subs and have had many meatballs and spaghetti. We feel that Salvatore’s by Papa Reno has the best meatballs and best red sauce we have ever had! They also create an excellent paper thin...pizza crust….especially when Papa Reno makes it!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Salvatore's O, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2022

We want to personally thank you for your comments. Yes our "polpette alla care" are the best! Our Meat Sauce is simmered for almost 3 and half hours. Pizza well that's a whole different topic! Thanks for your review!

Reviewed January 18, 2022 via mobile

Lovely atmosphere, great service (Sarah is the best!), and everything on the menu is to die for from the pizzas to Sabrina’s Ziti. We look forward to dining in at Salvatore’s or picking up one of their pizzas every time we’re in the area. It’s...a must!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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SalvatoresOriginal, Other at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2022

Thank you so much for your review! It is always great to see folks that drive from out a ways to enjoy our and enjoy our humble establishment. Arrivederci!

Reviewed October 6, 2021

We were in Muscatine, IA for an evening, and the locals suggested Salvatores. The restaurant was authentic Italian, with Italian music softly in the background. Our waitress, Haley, was very attentive, and we didn"t have to wait for service at all. My wife had the...Ziti, and just loved it. I had my usual Italian Spaghetti and Sausage. It was superb. Loved the sausage, cut up in the sauce, not a fried hotdog on the side hahahah We talked a while with the owner, Claudio. Very friendly. Made us feel at home. Great restaurant.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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SalvatoresOriginal, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2021

It was so great to meet such a couple. I really enjoyed chatting. It was like talking to someone you have known for a while. Haley is part of a great team and we are honored to have her and others here! Send that email...More

Reviewed October 1, 2021 via mobile

As first time visitors to Muscatine, IA we looked at the list on TripAdvisor. Since most were in the downtown area we drove past the restaurants on the list and then my wife decided that Salvatores was the one to try. She picked a winner!...Great service from Sarah our waitress, very well prepared food (salad with house made creamy garlic dressing and manicotti for me and lasagna for my wife), and a visit from the owner, Claudio, with good conversation. We highly recommend Salvatores.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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SalvatoresOriginal, Owner at Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2021

We greatly appreciate you joining us for dinner! Your visit was cherished and look forward to having you back again! Take good care!

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False. It is a Gluten free crust on Salvatore’s counter top.
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We do not. But depending on the time we often arrange private gatherings.
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Yes, Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant offers takeout services.

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Salvatore's by Papa Reno Italian Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5