Pasta and More at Fulio’s

Flowers in full bloom surrounding the entrance to Fulio's Pastaria.  Astoria, OR.  Photo: KGilb.

Flowers in full bloom surrounding the entrance to Fulio’s Pastaria. Astoria, OR. Photo: KGilb.

We first discovered Fulio’s Pastaria and Tuscan Steakhouse in downtown Astoria last summer during a weekend trip to the Oregon Coast. It was their menu that reeled us in. We’d already devoured more than our fair share of seafood and they had so many other fabulous dishes to choose from!

The memory of that first visit stuck with us—the friendly service, the ambience, the good food. Especially the food! So when we found ourselves back in Astoria recently, Fulio’s seemed the natural pick for lunch. As before, we were not disappointed.

Fulio’s has a good selection of pasta dishes, most of which range from $8.50 to $11. Great for lunch! This time, Ted had the Penne Putanesca with capers, anchovy, and olives. I decided on the Rigatoni Salsa Rosa–tube pasta with yellow squash and zucchini served in a rosy cream sauce. Generous portions with lots of flavor.

For dessert, even though I knew they have a truly decadent chocolate cake, I decided on the crustless lemon cheesecake instead. It’s like a little slice of summer on a plate. Especially good now that summer is fast slipping away.

Not in the mood for pasta? Fulio’s also has a variety of chicken, veal, lamb, and Tuscan steaks on its menu. Prices run from $20 to $30. Just be sure and start things off right with an appetizer. Grilled veggies, or maybe some fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil in a balsamic vinaigrette.

And, yes, they do have fresh seafood. All-you-can-eat steamer clams take center stage every Thursday night. Other specials vary according to what’s in season.

Fulio’s Pastaria and Tuscan Steakhouse is a cozy, moderately priced Italian restaurant decorated with warm earth tones. The wait staff is friendly and attentive. Amenities include a full bar and a really nice wine list.

Fulio’s is located at 1149 Commercial Street in Astoria, OR. They’re close to the waterfront and easy to find. For directions, please check the Fulio’s Pastaria website. Or just look for the jester’s face on the sign.

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