Sali’s Italian Restaurant & Pizza is located at 1018 South Austin Ave. in Denison and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Facility: There is plenty of parking around this eatery. My guest and I got to Sali’s around 3 p.m. on a Thursday, and, as we walked in, the restaurant’s specials were listed on a board for all to view upon entrance. The waitress addressed us and sat us immediately. One thing I noticed is that although this building is older, it appears clean and has good lighting.

The menu has plenty of options, including pasta, subs and pizzas. However, interestingly enough, their special was grilled pork chops.

Food: We started our meal with stuffed mushrooms ($7.95), and the presentation was fantastic. They were seafood-stuffed mushrooms with cheese on top. The mushrooms were delivered in 11 minutes and were hot. For me, they were a little bland. I added some salt and it enhanced the flavor. I was expecting a little bit more garlic and maybe a bit more seafood as well.

I ordered the grilled pork chop special ($10.95) for my meal. It was a grilled pork chop served with mashed potatoes and a side salad. The pork chop with seasoned well and cooked perfectly. The mashed potatoes were also good. And they were served with hot garlic rolls. The salad veggies were fresh and crisp.

My guest ordered the shrimp Alfredo ($12.95). It was served with a side salad and hot rolls. The shrimp were large and cooked perfectly. She actually enjoyed this dish better than the meal last week. As I mentioned last week, our sauces were very rich. She said Sali’s Alfredo sauce was much lighter. It took 21 minutes for our meal to be delivered.

We ordered tiramisu for dessert ($4.95), and when we got it, the dessert was still frozen. Still, the ladyfingers drenched in coffee with a gelatin top were very good with the light flavor of coffee.

The restroom was clean and although the building is older, Sali’s employees do a good job keeping it presentable. They also did a great job adding their own diaper changing station in the restroom. I thought that was a nice touch.

Final thoughts: The service was great. Even the cook came out and asked if I wanted apple sauce with my pork chop and also inquired if everything was OK. Overall, I enjoyed this dining experience. It was very peaceful and enjoyable, and the added bonus was the food.

Sali’s was not my original choice for the article this week. We did Italian last week, and I tried going to another restaurant this week, but it was closed. That was the second time I have tried to eat at that particular place. What is your expectation of a business? If it advertises its hours and you go there and it is closed, do you try again?

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