If You Love Homemade Italian Food, Dine at Anthony’s Italian Restaurant

Published on 16 August 2013 in Dining
Julie Kanehl (author)

Julie Kanehl


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Rich Baker and Karla Barkdoll, owners of Anthony's Italian Restaurant

Rich Baker and Karla Barkdoll, owners of Anthony's Italian Restaurant

Anthony’s Italian Restaurant is probably best known for its mouth-watering, 24-inch, New York-style, feed-everybody- with-one-pie, pizza. Which at my house isn’t complete without Anthony’s homemade, melt-in-your-mouth, get-your-own-dozen, garlic knots. That said; Anthony’s Italian Restaurant is exactly that, a charming restaurant that serves Italian favorites and specialties that transport you to Little Italy.

With real New York flare, Anthony’s is ideal for any night of the week, from date night to family night, with quiet booths set aside for couples, and large tables ready for busy families. It’s an “everybody’s welcome, rub your tummy with a smile on your face, but still make room for a cannoli” dinner destination. Offering carryout and delivery options as well, it is no surprise that Anthony’s is a family favorite in Trinity. Located in the Mitchell Crossing plaza at 8809 Mitchell Boulevard, Anthony’s Italian Restaurant is a convenient place to meet friends, family, or that someone special for a great meal.

Rich Baker and Karla Barkdoll have owned Anthony’s Italian Restaurant since 2007, and just recently, remodeled their dining room and added premium wines to their already popular wine menu. Already focused on providing classics, they are always adding new items to the menu as well, like their “7” whole wheat pizza with unlimited toppings. Soon, they will be offering some new seafood options to the menu including Parmesan Crusted Tilapia and a Salmon Fillet.

A former U.S. Marine who served on the Presidential Helicopter Squadron from 91-95, Rich is no stranger to the restaurant world. In fact, he’s been working in restaurants since he was a teenager, and that’s where he met Karla-when they were just 16. Karla also is a successful business owner and Massage Therapist for her other business, Barkdoll Massage Therapy.

Rich says, “We are very proud to be involved in the Trinity community.”

One Anthony’s Italian Restaurant customer said, “This place has one of the best New York-style pizzas in Pasco.”

30-inch Pizza

30-inch Pizza

The Pizza Everyone is Talking About

Just when you think that our American love of pizza can’t get any bigger, Anthony’s offers the biggest pizza in town. Their largest pizza is actually 30 inches around, but don’t worry, they don’t sacrifice taste for size.

Karla says, “We only offer the 30- inch pizza at the restaurant, because we can’t find pizza boxes big enough to offer it for carryout!”

They do offer the 24” pizza for delivery and carryout, and as I already mentioned, that’s a popular favorite at our house. The New York-style crust has just the right amount of bend in it to fold it in “properly,” and the marriage of cheese and fresh toppings makes everyone ask, “Where did you get this pizza?”

Anthony’s has pizzas in regular sizes and in a myriad of different crusts. Their Thin Crust Pizza is very popular and their thick, Sicilian Pizza is so special that people call ahead to make sure that they will be able to reserve one.

Rich explains, “Sicilian Pizza takes longer to bake, so we make a certain amount of Sicilian pizza dough every morning.” Probably about the time they’re making the homemade lasagna, the meatballs and preparing the made-from-scratch soups and sauces! Other pizza options include Veggie Pizza, Brick Oven Pizza, Corleone Pizza and White Pizza. Whatever size, style or toppings you order, you’ll rave about Anthony’s pizza. By the way, they serve calzones too.

Rich says, “While we’re known for our pizza, we have so much more to offer. Everything is fresh, made-to-order and hand-prepared.”

Lunch & Dinner Specials

Caprese with Fresh Mozzarella

Caprese with Fresh Mozzarella

Definitely more than a pizza place, Anthony’s is open for lunch and dinner, and offers specials all day every day, as well as its signature recipes of Italian classics like lasagna and manicotti, as well as chicken, eggplant and veal cooked in a variety of Italian ways, whether you like Chicken Parmigiana, Eggplant Rollatini, or Veal Piccata, your favorites are here and made-to-order.

Catering to a wide variety of Italian- American tastes, the menu features everything from the aforementioned classics to favorites like wings, pastas of practically every style and taste. If you like sandwiches, you’ll have to try their subs, hot sandwiches and clubs.

When it comes to pasta, it’s the homemade sauce that makes all the difference in the world. While anyone might be able to throw some “sketti” in the pot, the homemade Italian sauces that come out of the kitchen at Anthony’s can’t be found in a jar. So, if you love pasta, you’ll have to try one of their pasta dinners. Each of which is served with soup or salad, bread and your choice of linguini, spaghetti or penne.

Karla says, “The penne ala Vodka is my personal favorite.”

Anthony’s Italian Restaurant offers daily specials that make dinner delicious and affordable. On Monday, you can get a 16” cheese pizza for less than $9, and Tuesday is two-for-one dinner entrees when you order pasta, eggplant or chicken. Wednesday is going to be two-for-one glasses of wine from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. and Thursday is probably the most popular day of all because kids eat free!

Karla adds, “Families love coming on Thursdays and getting a balloon from ‘Tony the balloon guy’ with their dinner. He’s really great with the kids.”

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Anthony’s offers an affordable dinner-for-two special, making a date with your sweetheart that much sweeter! Speaking of sweets, what’s an Italian meal without an Italian dessert? The hardest part will be saving room! Chocolate cake, tiramisu, cannoli, zeppoles and more temptations!

 

Penne alla Vodka

Penne alla Vodka

 

Anthony’s is already a popular spot for having small parties, from birthday parties to celebration dinners for local sports teams, so it’s no surprise that people love ordering from Anthony’s Catering Menu when they are having a special event at their home or office. The Catering Menu features more than 20 of their most popular meals, all served in trays that can feed between 8- 20 people at a time. Your guests can enjoy appetizers, salads, wings, fried calamari and popular sides like sausage and peppers, meatballs and more, so if you love serving Italian, don’t forget Anthony’s for your next big event!

Anthony’s also offers gift certificates, so surprise someone you love with a meal made like “mama” used to make.

Anthony’s Italian Restaurant is located at 8809 Mitchell Blvd. in the Mitchell Crossing plaza in Trinity and is open Mon. – Fri. from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and from 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Sat. and Sun. To make a reservation, order take-out, delivery, or for information on catering, call 727-372-1663. Find the full menu and delicious choices online at www.anthonysoftrinity.com.

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  • Rich Baker and Karla Barkdoll, owners of Anthony's Italian Restaurant
  • 30-inch Pizza
  • Caprese with Fresh Mozzarella
  • Penne alla Vodka
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