SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — “Homemade” and “family friendly” are the best ways to describe Abbiocco, the new restaurant that opened May 23 on Northern Boulevard, according to the owner, Rose Brutico Fazio, of Clarks Summit.
She explained while many restaurants simply warm up processed foods and call it “homemade,” she strives for something better.
“Every week, I go out and pick out some veggies and I cook them,” she said, explaining she doesn’t like to use frozen vegetables.
Even many of the salad dressings on the menu are made in her kitchen.
The Old Forge native comes from a family of restaurant owners and attributes her skills and inspiration to the teachings of her uncle, Anthony Brutico. Her husband, Joe Fazio, helps manage the business. The couple has four children: Niccolo, 21; Joey, 18; Angelo, 16 and Anthony, 13.
Family is an important aspect of the business, and looking back to the earlier days of raising her own, Fazio said she aims to keep the prices affordable for those with many mouths to feed. For example, a family-style meal, recommended for four people, is priced at $24.95 and includes pasta, a garden salad and bread and butter. Other options can be added at an additional cost.
“Having four sons, going out to eat wasn’t always easy, because of prices,” she said.
Pets are recognized as family as well, which is why the restaurant offers dog-friendly seating outside on the deck.
Fazio also strives to be a responsible member of the local business community, by purchasing locally-grown produce whenever possible and dealing with other Abington area businesses, such as Beta Bread and Stately Pet Supply, from which she stocks up on dog treats for her canine patrons.
She said the best aspect of her job is simply seeing people enjoy the food she prepares.
“It just makes your day,” she said.
Some of her biggest sellers are the meatballs, Zuppa Abbiocco soup and vodka sauce. Her assistant, Paulette Habeeb, makes Lebanese food, which is also popular.
The business is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closed Sunday. In addition to its daily specials, it features various homemade sandwiches, soups and salads, all of which are served anytime, and homemade family style Italian dinners, served after 4 p.m.
Customers can call ahead with lunch orders or dinner take-outs, at 570-319-9633.