I sat down with Phil + Rosie, his mother, who the restaurant is named after!
I had a wonderful conversation with him about when they first opened, which was in 1981. At that time it was just a small deli, there was no parking or anything. They served a limited menu of pizza, lasagna, stuffed shells, and sandwiches. After that they moved into an old 7-11 and it really began to take off! They began serving more specialty pizza + pastas and whenever there was a line, they would hand out “Mama Bread” to feed the guests while they were waiting to get in.
It’s funny because their Mama Bread is now the #1 item on the menu. Thank goodness they decided to put it on the menu, because the mama bread is my favorite as well!
Now, let’s talk about the seafood at Rosie’s. The fish is caught from the Florida keys where Phil’s brother has a residence and then it is flown into Toledo from Miami. Now the impressive part is that the fish is caught in the morning and then that night it is flown to Toledo. It doesn’t get fresher people! No wonder the grouper that night was out of this world amazing!
I had to ask him the top things on the menu so that when you come in, you can try them all too. First of all, I’ve never had anything on the menu that I’ve disliked, but Phil stated that the top 2 items are seafood, it being the Grouper or The Mahi Mahi. Following his advice, I knew I had to try one of them and boy am I glad that I did!
I am NOT a huge seafood lover, but that is quickly changing, because I inhaled that grouper! I typically stick to the Italian classics- lasagna, pasta, pizza, BUT I am forever changed and will definitely be going back for more fresh from the Florida Keys Fish!
On the menu they have 6 cooking styles:
*Grilled *Cajun *Stacked
*Key West *California *Lazy Days
I ordered the Grouper with the Stacked Style- which was completely phenomenal. It came with Asiago Whipped Potatoes…did you hear that?! Asiago.Whipped.Potatoes. Wow- absolutely delicious.
Another entree that was featured as a special that night was the Lambchops. I saw lots of people ordering them and they went quickly that night! The presentation of them was out of this world.
The grilled herb salmon was impeccable as well. Here it is pictured with the risotto.
If that isn’t reason enough to get out of the house and drive out here, here is another fun fact about Phil & his restaurant. Phil is in a band, yeah….how awesome is that?!
Here is a link for his YouTube Channel and he has some great videos…..p.s. He is the singer.
There really is nothing better than finding your passion and going for it, he plays in a 9 piece band and has done it for years.
Rosie’s also hosts charity events, so if you are interested in connecting with them, check out the website for contact information.
And on a fun note, dinner wouldn’t be complete without dessert.
They have a huge selection of Carrot Cake, Chocolate Hazelnut Panna Cotta, Tiramisu, Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake, and Cannoli’s.
and after you order one (to go) like I did because I was SO full…..you get it packaged up in this adorable pink box!
I mean seriously, how precious is that?!
So if you’re looking for a premier italian restaurant in Northwest Ohio, look no further! Rosie’s Italian Grille has you covered. Remember, its going to be a toss up between ordering the traditional Italian entree’s OR fresh seafood!
You can visit their website HERE.
Today I am sharing a zesty recipe for Mexican Grilled Corn!
This is such a flavorful side dish and goes perfectly with some BBQ!
I also love to make it up with some fresh chips and guacamole and call it a dinner!
This corn heats up and cooks right on the grill and leaves those amazing grill marks and chars some kernels.
Then after it’s done, it gets slathered in butter, lime juice, chile powder, cilantro and a good helping of cotija cheese!
For those not familiar with that type of cheese, it is a Mexican cheese that is very salty.
It’s also a seasonal cheese, with production only being during July -October.
This is what I used and what was available at my local store. Shred this up and then mix all the topping ingredients together before throwing the corn on the grill.
To begin, place the corn directly on the grill grates.
Cook them for about 5 minutes and then turn them over.
Finish them up on the other side and get ready to pour over all the flavor!
Add the cilantro, lime juice, chile powder, butter, and cheese and ENJOY!
- 6 ears of corn, shucked
- 1/4 cup butter, softened
- 2 Tbsp cilantro, chopped
- 1/4 cup cotija cheese, crumbled
- 1/4 tsp salt and pepper
- 2 tsp lime juice
- 1/4 tsp chile powder
- Begin by mixing together the butter, lime juice, chile powder, salt and pepper.
- Then place the corn directly on the grill grates (medium-high heat) and cook them 5 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other.
- Take the corn off and brush it with the butter mixture, then sprinkle cilantro and cotija cheese on top.
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With summer upon us, I LOVE to go to my local Farmer’s Market and find Heirloom Tomato’s.
Today I am sharing this Heirloom Tomato Salad!
I mean how crazy looking are these tomatoes?!
I love it. They are all so different and unique.
Then make the basil vinaigrette. It’s so fresh and delicious. It’s simply fresh basil, canola oil, and lemon juice.
Look at that gorgeousness.
Pure, fresh basil goodness.
That fresh basil in this vinaigrette is gonna change your life.
Then pour it over all the chopped Heirloom’s and let them soak it all up!
- 1 1/2 pounds Heirloom Tomatoes, assorted colors/sizes
- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn up
- 1/2 cup basil vinaigrette
- Basil Vinaigrette
- 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1/2 lemon
- 3/4 cup canola oil
- Begin by chopping up the tomato's and place them in a large bowl.
- Make the basil vinaigrette by placing the 1 1/2 cups basil, lemon and canola oil in a blender and pulsing.
- Then pour that over the tomatoes and toss in the torn (1/2 cup) basil leaves. Mix gently and serve at room temperature.
With the wonderful summer temperatures, this Peach Basil Topping is sure to hit the spot with your favorite ice cream!
This is such a refreshing dessert!
And I’ll be totally honest, I wasn’t really sure if I would like the combination.
I mean I LOVE basil, but does it belong on ice cream?
Well, let me tell you that IT ABSOLUTELY DOES.
and this recipe will make you a believer!
Start with some deliciously ripe peaches….my absolute favorite fruit!
Then pulse the basil in a blender to get it all chopped up.
After the syrup is made, pour it all over the peaches.
Look at the beauty.
Sweet peaches floating in this delicious syrup!
- 2 Fresh Peaches, pitted & diced
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 container basil leaves, (approx 15)
- Vanilla Ice Cream, or any flavor you prefer
- 2 cups water
- Take diced peaches and place them in a large bowl.
- Then in a saucepan, combine the sugar and the water. Stir to mix up.
- Boil that mixture on medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit for a few minutes.
- Place syrup in blender & add basil leaves. Pulse until it all begins to blend together.
- Then pour all over diced peaches & let sit for 5 minutes.
- Scoop ice cream in a bowl & spoon the mixture over top!
- The mixure can also be stored in the refrigerator.
You’re next grill recipe is right here people!
These Tex Mex Burgers are packed full of flavor and a little heat. They have all the fixings….lettuce, tomato, avocado,cilantro, mayo, pepper jack cheese all thrown on a grilled bun.
This is a great recipe for your next cook out!
Begin by forming your hamburger patties.
Then cook the meat on the grill to your desired level of “done-ness”.
AND make sure to put a little butter on the bun and throw it on the grill as well!
Then begin assembling the burgers!
Start with lettuce and tomato on the bottom, then the meat that has pepperjack cheese on it, then sliced avocado and mayo and place the top of the bun on and you’re good to go!
Enjoy your delicious summer dinner!
and I am LOVING these personalized cutting boards/grilling boards from Personal Creations.
They have such cool, unique products that you can personalize! If you want a perfect gift for someone, check them out here!
- hamburger meat, as much as you need for how many people you're serving (approx. 1/3 pound burger/person)
- hamburger buns
- romaine lettuce, torn up
- pepper jack cheese
- cilantro, just enough to add to hamburger meat
- avocado, sliced
- butter, for grilling the buns
- Form hamburger patties and mix in chopped cilantro.
- Cook them on the grill to desired wellness.
- Then add a slice of pepperjack cheese on top and let melt.
- Butter the hamburger buns and place on grill to crisp.
- Place lettuce and tomato on hamburger bun, add meat, then sliced avocado, mayo, and the top of the bun.
Today I want to share an new app with you guys. I love learning about new technology and app’s and I am excited to share this one with ya’ll today!
Borsch: an app that helps you get what you want to eat
Do you sometimes tell yourself, “I’m hungry but I don’t know what I want to eat?” Well, there’s an app that could help you with that now.
Borsch is an app that was recently launched by the team that created Prisma, an app that transforms pictures of food into artwork, and Artisto, which is a similar app that works on videos. With Borsch, people get to visually choose their next meal by searching through pages of pictures that are connected to a neural network. After a user clicks on a picture, they will receive information from nearby food trucks, stalls, and restaurants that serve food that looks similar to that in said picture.
Pictures of food can be added by any of the app’s users. The app’s neural network allows people to use it offline and still determine what they want to eat by pointing at pictures with the phone’s camera.
The app is the first of its kind, which begs the question: does it really work? Well, during the app’s summer launch, it seems that the neural network successfully analyzed over 10 million photos from open source food pics from social networking sites such as Instagram. Over 500,000 photos in total were successfully identified as food shots.
What’s impressive about Borsch’s app is that apart from being able to recognize a type of food, it also distinguishes whether it’s delicious or not.
“We are working on improving the quality of food image recognition,” according to a spokesperson that works with Borsch. “For example, the neural network is now learning how to differentiate dishes of sophisticated cuisine of Asia and India.
In the future, perhaps it would be awesome if the app could also capture screenshots that incorporate food in games. After all, a lot of people spend time playing games and apps, so it might be a good idea to do that, too because after all, the gaming category is the most popular among all the app categories in both Google Play and the App Store.
There are plenty of food-themed games that look so appetizing people get hungry while playing them. The game Cooking Mama, for one, is one of the most mouth-watering titles of all time, what with its delicious steak and stew recipes. On the other hand, the popular Candy Crush Saga game from King is oozing with sweetness that it makes everyone crave chocolates and candies. Some games from the Pocket Fruity website are also so tempting it’s as if the games were made to attract foodies. Check out Lobster Mania 2 and see if you can withstand the temptation of consuming a succulent lobster for dinner.
Although, right now, Borsch’s developers aren’t working on integrating the app with games just yet. Instead, they’re trying to incorporate text analysis to catch the emotions that users have after eating.
“If they post a burger and say ‘wow, that one was perfect,’ the neural network will add this info to their personal score,” the spokesperson added.
Another future goal of the app is to display real-time data for calorie counting as well as indexes for type of food.
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Happy Friday! It’s time to link up those recipes, crafts and other tutorials to Friday Finds! Last week we spotted some delicious recipes and fun craft ideas. Can’t wait to see what you’ll link up this week!
Link up to the party this week and you may be featured next week!
Link up at the bottom of this post!
Summer Blackberry Pie from Gluesticks Blog
Coconut Lime Banana Bread from The Frugal Foodie Mama
DIY Rolling Storage from The Navage Patch
Hibiscus Lime Spritzer Cocktail from All She Cooks
Upcycled Painted Globe from Simply Darling
Avocado Bacon Egg Rolls from Home Cooking Memories
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