177 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104
(336) 842.3296 • TreNonne.com
Tuesday – Friday: 12 – 3 PM; 5 – 9 PM
Saturday: 12 PM – 10 PM
Sunday: 12 PM – 8 PM
Last year, I had the great honor of sampling an array of authentic Italian dishes at Tre Nonne Italian Restaurant. The simple truth is that experience introduced me to some of the best Italian food I’d ever eaten; and gave my family and me a new favorite restaurant. We’ve become great fans of this tucked away gem over the last year. So, with all that in mind, I was delighted to be invited back, this time to sample the new items available on their fall menu.
Before our appetizers arrived, I had the opportunity to visit with Tony Maresca, who co-owns Tre Nonne with his wife and sister, Alice and Debby Maresca. He caught me up on the latest, including updates on the popular Monday night wine dinners for which his restaurant is becoming known. If you love great Italian and wine, this is a monthly event you won’t want to miss – four courses with five wines! Seating is limited though, so you’ll want to call ahead for reservations.
Tony has also introduced a Tuesday night wine special: four different wines for $4 per glass; and Wine Down Wednesday, where wine can be purchased by the bottle for 25% off. As fun as it was to catch up with Tony – who’s just the nicest guy to begin with – I was there to do a job. And the appetizers had arrived.
We started off with a scrumptious new dish called Meatball Carrozza. Housemade mozzarella cheese is topped with a signature meatball that has been lightly breaded and fried. The whole thing is then topped with Tre Nonne’s authentic and delicious housemade marinara sauce. Though I was ready to lick the plate clean, I had to move on…
Chicken Parmesan Balls brings a delightful new shape to an Italian classic! Shredded chicken is mixed with ricotta and mozzarella, then lightly breaded and fried. It’s also served with Tre Nonne’s marinara sauce and is such a unique approach to a long-time favorite.
Next, we tucked into a marriage of flavors that is of international proportions: Italian Eggrolls. Hello, sausage, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, and mozzarella. Meet wontons. With a side of marinara for dipping, this appetizer is big enough to share, but I can’t promise you’ll want to.
Entrée time! I have to confess – I’m starting with my favorite, but I honestly could go on and on and take up the rest of my allotted word count describing how amazing this one was: Eggplant Rollatini. Seriously. As a reviewer, I have to pace myself, but when a dish of this kind of epic goodness arrives, I forget what I’m doing. The pencil went down for this one because the fork took over. Thinly sliced eggplant is rolled with prosciutto and filled with the most heavenly concoction of ricotta cheese and mozzarella I’ve ever put in my mouth. Baked with marinara, when it came time to divvy up the leftovers, my dinner partners and I were about to go to battle over the last piece. And as a side note – this dish was fantastic left over. It’s going to be my go-to, and I sincerely hope Tony has plans to make this a permanent part of the menu. Otherwise, I’m going to be begging for the recipe.
I had to be shaken back to the reality of the job at hand, and as hard as it was to divert my attention to the other entrees at the table, I’m glad I was able to refocus. Pork Parmigiano is a perfect dish for someone who loves the classics but wants something a bit different. Prepared as you’d expect from its more popular cousin, the pork is breaded and so tender, you don’t even need a knife. This dish was served on a bed of their housemade penne pasta (FYI, Tre Nonne makes all their own pasta!)
In our earlier conversation, Tony had shared with me about a new dish he was very excited about – Pizzetta. This dish is only available as a takeout and lunch menu item, and Chef Carmine designed it specifically with the sports fan in mind. Rich, flavorful, yet light – this is a pizza… but not the kind of pizza you expect. Let’s just say, if you’re planning a football party or other get together, and you want to order something everyone will love, get this. Order it with some of Tre Nonne’s Boneless Wings and a selection of their great Subs. Food so great that your guests may forget to watch the game… Just sayin’.
While we waited for dessert, Tony brought our table samples of their housemade Limoncello. If you’ve never had this Italian lemon liquor, brace yourself. It’s dangerously good. Dangerously. With a base of Everclear, Chef Carmine has created this recipe with great patience… letting it process over weeks to bring a smooth, sweet liquor that is fantastic. Try it, too, as a Limoncello Martini!
The De-Constructed Cannoli arrived and is truly the perfect dessert to share. It’s certainly difficult to share a traditional cannoli, so the culinary geniuses at Tre Nonne came up with this idea… instead of frying traditional cannoli, they’ve made them into chips, dusted them with powdered sugar, and serve them with a heaping bowl of cannoli cream dip.
Our last dish of the evening was the new Strawberry Tiramisu. What can I say? Just when I thought it was fall, I took a bite into summer. Wow. Light, not super sweet, this is a beautiful option to complete a tremendous meal. I have a hard time going to Tre Nonne without ordering their signature New York Cheesecake, but I’m going to have a hard choice to make next time I’m there… This dessert is definitely worth checking out.
This family-owned favorite is a foodie-lover’s dream stop. With great in-house service and dining; a great catering option for wedding showers, baby showers, and private parties; plus, takeout delivery via TakeoutCentral.com or TakeoutWaiter.com, Tre Nonne has given their customers the best of everything… Great food customized to fit any occasion!
Stop by and be sure to tell them Rosey sent you!