We have eaten at The Italian Peasant seveal times since it has opened, when it first opened they had a very limited menu.Now they have expanded their menu. One night I asked the waitress if the chef could make me linguini and clams. it was not on the menu that time, but the chef gladly made me the dish and it was very good. Now I am an Italian/American from New Haven CT. where we have the BEST pizza, so I was pleasantly surprised at how good the pizza was at The Italian Peasant. Dominic , the owner, is a very friendly guy and he always comes over to our table to chat with us. The only problem that wehave encountered there is that sometimes the pasta is over cooked and tastes very starchy. Our friends and I prefer our pasta al dente. The last time we ate there it was over cooked, so we had the waitress take it back, it came over cooked again. The waitress told us she would let Dominic know about our complaint(he was not there that night). She was very apologetic and seemed intent on telling Dominic about the over cooked pasta. wait staff are very friendly and accommodating.We have other so called Italian Restaurants in the Green Valley area, but The Italian Peasant is the best of all of them. Since I am partial to my own pasta and sausebwe usually just go there for the great pizza, but I have had the eggplant parm and the veal parm on kaiser rolls and they were very good. My husband loves their shrimp scampi. In fact we are celebrating his 60th birthday there on April 7th. I have been around the restaurant business since I have a cousin who is a professional chef and owned three restaurants back in Connecticut.I know that when you start up a new restaurant it takes awhile to get all the kinks out. I am hopeful that Dominic will straighten out those kinks because would sorely miss The Italian Peasant's great pizza being close by.We use to travel to Grimaldi's in Tucson for our pizza fix, and we are grateful that we are now only ten miles away from great east coast pizza.
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