If you live in the Easton area, chances are you know of Sette Luna, the popular Ferry Street restaurant. What you might not remember, depending on how long you’ve lived here, is that five years ago that same place was called Moscato’s, and it was as much a hotspot as is today.
In March of this year, owner Donna Marie Burdi reopened her restaurant in Palmer Township as Moscato’s Tuscan Trattoria, in the building that was formerly Mangia Italian Restaurant, on South Greenwood Avenue.
According to Burdi, about 90 percent of her lunch and dinner menus (separate affairs at the new Moscato’s) are reminiscent of her former restaurant, which has plenty of returning customers happy.
Amongst the most popular dishes featured on the revival restaurant’s menu are Zuppa, a Tuscan bean soup; Pappardelle Bolognese, a unique pasta sauce made with pork, beef and pancetta (Italian bacon); and the homemade butternut squash ravioli.
Richard Ferretti, the executive chef at Moscato’s, is a New York-trained chef with more than 30 years of experience in the kitchen. He has been with Moscato’s for more than ten years, in both the restaurants and the catering side of their business.
“We do things that no one else does,” said Ferretti. “We use the freshest ingredients, we prepare everything fresh, and we don’t use deep fryers.”
Moscato’s is decorated in a rustic Italian fashion; the remodeled restaurant features earth-toned and stone facades, classic hardwood floors and a textured tin ceiling. Regulars of the original Moscato’s will revel in the abundant parking, a significant upgrade from the downtown Easton spot.
The restaurant is named for the Moscato grape, which makes one of Burdi’s favorite wines. “When I was thinking of a name, I thought of that wine,” she said.
She went on to explain that a trattoria is an Italian eatery that is generally smaller than a restaurant, that is family-owned and operated, like Moscato’s; Burdi’s daughter and other relatives work alongside her.
Moscato’s Tuscan Trattoria is group-friendly, and is a BYOB establishment. In fact, Moscato’s will store guests’ bottles of wine for them to enjoy when dining there.
The restaurant is located at 190 South Greenwood Avenue in Palmer Township. It is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. It is closed Mondays.