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One of my favorite novelties from the American Songbook is entitled Way Out West (on West End Avenue). As I tried to find Non Solo Pasta Ristorante for the first time, Moss Hart’s blisteringly satirical lyrics, which include the priceless phrase, “Where seldom is heard an intelligent word,” kept repeating in my head. I calmed down when we finally arrived (OK, so it took about 11 minutes instead of the 5 that I was expecting). Despite its location in a Class C strip mall near the Levittown border, Non Solo is pleasant enough, decorated in dark wood and beige paint. On this Tuesday afternoon, the dining room was nearly full of business men and women, by all appearances dining happily.
Non Solo describes itself as serving “southern Italian cuisine”. The menu provides most of the red-sauce “Italian” classics boomers will remember from their childhood: Lasagne, Cannelloni, Manicotti, and Ravioli.
However, the menu offers a lot more. At both lunch and dinner (with a bigger selection for dinner), there are more than dozen veal or chicken dishes ranging from the omnipresent Francese to more exotic preparations like Saltimbocca or Romano (though last I checked, Rome is in central Italy). There’s a fair selection of sea food entrees, salads, and a nice selection of specials (15 on the day we visited) which flirted with the exotic (e.g. a Canadian Elk chop for $27). Also individual pizzas and, at lunch, panini.
For our lunch, my wife and I ordered two different chicken dishes: Maximo (header image) and Romano, pictured below, opting for mashed potatoes instead of angel hair pasta. The chicken was well prepared: fresh, and not over-cooked. At $14 for lunch (March 2016), it’s a reasonable value. Dinnertime, the same entree goes for $4 more: which puts it nearly in the same price category as Settimo Cielo.
At lunch, you have a choice of soup or salad with your entree. My salad consisted of a less-than-generous handful of slightly wilted spring mix, and was over-dressed; my wife’s soup was pleasant enough, but bland.
Non Solo’s wine list offers a choice of about 35 red wines and 18 whites. Bottle prices range from $24 to $140, with a large selection in the $30’s, priced between 2x and 3x what you would expect to pay in a store for the same bottle (which makes it fairly reasonable).
Non-Solo is a decent enough Italian restaurant, and if I lived in Levittown or western Morrisville, I might visit there regularly. It hits a similar price/quality point as does Salute and Cafe Antonio‘s, both of which are closer to Trenton. Those restaurants are also BYOB, which means, if you’re drinking wine, the wine can be better and your check will be substantially lower. Still, it’s worth checking out: there are enough unusual and adventurous items on the menu and specials to justify the journey.