There are not too many places to eat in Charleston. Pagliai's came recommended by at least a couple of locals. This is apparently a chain of sorts. It seems that there is one not just here near EIU, but also in DeKalb near NIU and another in Carbondale near SIU. Wouldn't be surprised to find one at WIU in Macomb....
Anyway, the place is somewhat oddly located in the rear half of a building shared with an auto repair shop. Still, the restaurant is clean if a bit outdated and basic in its decor. The food is very inexpensive, but also the quality is only average. Not bad, but not really great, either.
The best part was our server. She was really friendly and very funny! She had good recommendations of what to order and what not to order. Her advice was right on! So, if you eat here, listen to your server.
Overall, you won't go wrong at Pagliai's.
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