By Judy Morehouse
“Welcome To Cuchi Guidos – Are You Hungry?”
That’s the cheer that greets you when you enter our newest downtown eatery, located at 95 S. Main Street. Being opening day, there were lots of customers coming and going, but the staff was handling the confusion very well. I sat at a table to look over the limited menu (the full-scale menu is not available until Monday, January 25) when the General Manager, Ross Teague, appeared with 2 complimentary “Cuchi Guidos Cup Cakes” that were very good. They reminded me of a moist corn muffin with a hint of coconut, baked in a banana skin and topped with a drop of cream cheese. Ross stated that his top three specialties (but everything is good!) are the “Cup Cakes”, the “Philly Cheesesteaks”, and, the “Panzarotti”, so I tried them all!!
I ordered the Caesare Cheesesteak and it arrived over-flowing with meat (rib eye or chuck eye), sauteed onions & cheese, on a 12″ roll (from a secret location according to Ross) with mayo and served warm. It was enough for 2 people; cost $12; and was excellent!!! (of course, I only had a small taste and will be eating it for the next 2 days)
I also ordered the pepperoni Panzarotti and it came with a “How to Eat a Panzarotti” instruction card. It is a deep-fried pocket of dough stuffed with your choice of options and reminded me of a calzone, except it was deep-fried, not baked. It had cheese, sauce & pepperoni inside, but I feel it needed some spices or some dipping sauce to jazz it up alittle. Cost $6. Probably would not order again, but was satisfying as the first go-around.
And, the third recommendation from Ross was the Cup Cakes and I would definately order these again – they were really good.
The restaurant has 2 levels – street level can accommodate about 20 customers and an upper level that can accommodate around 60. There is a beer & wine bar upstairs, but soft drinks are also available. The only criticism I have about the upper level is the access to it – you have to climb a winding staircase that is used for both entrance
and exit and if you should encounter another person going the opposite direction, it”s very close! I don’t feel that this would be an easy option for a large person.
I look forward to trying the pizza on my next visit. The website is not up an running yet, so the best way to order is to call 540-44-Cuchi.