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“Real authentic old style Italian food and atmosphere !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Salvatore's Ristorante

Salvatore's Ristorante
Ranked #1 of 72 Restaurants in Muscatine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Healthy, European
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Salvatore's "trattoria" has been a staple in the downtown Muscatine area since 1985, when Reno Vitale moved here from Palermo, Sicily, the original home of pizza and pasta. In Italy, the word "trattoria" means a small, informal restaurant, often off the beaten path on a small block or street. Here at Salvatore's, we try to capture the mood, flavor and taste of the famous Italian trattorias. Come into our locally owned and operated restaurant tonight for a taste of real Italian flavor right here in Iowa.
Fort Dodge, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Real authentic old style Italian food and atmosphere !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

Great great great place ! If you go to Muscatine and don't try this place your missing out. The help is great, the food is great, the setting is great and the pizza is out of this world. Every time we're in Muskie we will be stopping by Salvatore's .

Visited August 2012
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Monroe City, Missouri
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Bene, bene, bene”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

What do you get when you cross a Sicilian with an Iowa river town. Evidently a great Italian restaurant. Salvatore's is a very unpretentious bistro located in downtown Muscatine. Upon entry, you are reminded of a 1960's pizza parlor, greeted by a sincerely cordial energetic waitress and are entertertained by the occaiasonal outburtst from the rear kitchen and bar,"Howa you doin' ?". Furnishings are spartan, yet homey and comfortable. But the lackluster decor is offset by the slightly relaxed but prompt service and highly personable staff. Italian food is the forte but Wednesday night gives you the option of a meal consisting of cut with your fork prime rib. It is served in a 2 meal on one plate portion, and priced for a small town living budget. And the mashed potatoes? Fugetaboutit. Itsa no fugazy. Itsa no come outa da box. The pizza, its a matter of personal taste. Thin crust and mild flavor, some love it, others eat and enjoy. All hand prepared and served with thought and attention.
If, for God knows why, you wind up in Muscatine, you gotta eat and you might as well eat well. Come hungry, and leave a happy paison.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Davenport, Iowa
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Best place in Muscatine.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

My family loves to eat here. This is our place of choice. We ordered pizza delivery for out of town guests passing through and they raved about how good the pizza tasted.

Salvatore's has the best pizza in town. We also order the pasta dishes on crazy days when we are exhausted and want comfort food. The fettaccine alfredo is the best here. We have tried other places in Muscatine and it never comes watery or thin at Salvatores.

We have found that when dining in, the place gets really busy and the booths are the best place to sit. During soccer weekends we have found it best to have the food delivered and stay at home. The trip advisor watchers visit the place in larger groups. If you are a group during soccer weekend make a reservation. When ever the food has been slow, the owners have come and checked on us to make sure we are okay.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Iowa
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294 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Nice local Italian restaurant with great staff”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2012

Based on TripAdvisor reviews, I ate at Salvatore's here in Muscatine, on a rainy night. Not being too hungry I just ordered a pizza (ham/shrimp) and it was very good. The crust was thin as advertised, but could have been a bit thinner and crispy, but the ham and shrimp were generous and taste was great. The house red complimented the pizza quite well. The server was a very attractive and nice young lady, very attentive and professional. While paying I had the chance to visit with the manager, a comely lady who eagerly told me the history of how a genuine Italian (Sicilian) family got to SE Iowa to run an Italian Ristorante. Overall, I'd sure go back.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Wapello, Iowa
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great date night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

My husband & I love date nights and this place fits the bill, always personal service and the food is over the top. It's a cool place to take the kiddos too . the waitress gave the kids some pizza dough to play with while we were waiting for our meal and they (the kids) are still talking about it, Two thumbs up .

Visited June 2012
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