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   Laredo Morning Times                                                                                                                                   Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Sami’s Italian Food and Pizzeria
A variety of dishes, a romantic atmosphere
BY JAVIER BARROSO                                    There are 30 toppings to pick from that
Times staff writer                                   include vegetables, meat and gourmet top-
                                                     pings. One of Sami‘s specialties is the New
                                                     York style, hand-tossed pizza. The Bella‘s
  Are you craving a good Italian meal in a           Feast pizza is the perfect choice for those who
romantic and familiar environment? Sami‘s            like to have everything on their pizzas. The
Italian Food and Pizzeria offers that and more.      Bella‘s Feast has over 10 regular toppings for
  Sami‘s has an extensive menu that offers           the price of 8. The gourmet pizzas are also
many different Italian dishes along with appe-       Sami‘s specialties. For example the Pizza del
tizers and pizzas.                                   Mare comes with shrimp, mozzarella cheese
  Now, Sami‘s has a new great addition to its        and asparagus.
menu: wine and beer.                                   The restaurant also offers daily lunch spe-
  “Now we’ve started selling beer and wine,”         cials Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3
said Sami Alasi, the owner and cook of the           p.m. There are six dishes to choose from, and
restaurant. “We have imported and domestic           they all come with a house salad, fresh bread
beer and Italian and Californian wines” he           and iced tea. Sami‘s also has a free carry out
said.                                                and delivery service.
  Alasi wants to make sure that people know             The prices are affordable and reasonable,
that Sami‘s is not only a pizzeria, but an Italian   especially if you take into account the gener-
restaurant, too. Just take a look at Sami‘s          ous portions served.
menu and you will see what he means.                   Alasi would also like to encourage people to
  Sami‘s Italian Food and Pizzeria offers a wide     bring their family and try the great food he
variety of pastas. The linguini with pesto sauce     offers.
is a must have. Also, there are four variants of       “We are big on customer service, we have
fettucini pasta: alfredo, delmare, marinara, and     good quality food and we serve generous por-
with grilled chicken. The restaurant also offers     tions,” said Alasi.
stuffed pastas such as the homemade                    Sami‘s can also serve as the setting of a
lasagna, spinach or cheese ravioli and the           romantic evening. The candles illuminating the
delicious cheese tortellini, among others. And,      tables, the art on the walls, and the food and
of course, the spagetti is also served at            wine make for a perfect date.
Sami‘s.                                                Also, if you are in the mood for enjoying a
  The calzone is another Italian creation that       nice performance, Sami‘s has it for you.
the restaurant offers. The calzone consists of a       “We have entertainment Fridays and
turnover with marinara sauce, Italian cheeses        Saturdays at night,” said Alasi. Those nights
and other toppings. Four types of calzones are       belly dancers perform for the customers.
offered.                                               Recently, Sami‘s celebrated its first anniver-
  And for those who like to eat, but want to         sary, and it has been a great year for the
keep trim, there are the “insalatas” which are       restaurant.
Italian salads. Sami‘s offers nine types of sal-       “I appreciate the support of the neighborhood
ads including the Insalata Bella, which comes        and the people,” said Alasi.
with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers              Sami‘s Italian Food and Pizzeria is located at
and onion. The Mediterranean Salad is the            517 Shiloh Dr., #6, on a booming area of
Insalata Bella topped with fresh tomatoes, arti-     Laredo. Business hours are from 11 a.m. to 10
choke hearts and shrimp. Also, the Caesar            p.m. Monday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Salad, which comes with romaine lettuce              on Saturday, and is closed on Sundays. For
topped with caesar dressing, shredded                more information, please call 717-1500.                                                                              Times staff photos by GUILLERMO SOSA
cheese, and croutons, is part of Sami‘s salads.        (Staff writer Javier Barroso can be reached      DELICIOSO: Sami‘s menu offers an extensive selection of different Italian dishes along with appe-
  There are also many pizzas to choose from.         at 728-2570 or by e-mail at javier@lmton-          tizers, pizzas and desserts.

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