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November 12, 2009

TIM PRESTON: Great food in Grayson, dog news 111509

We ended up in Grayson on a misguided mission Monday evening and decided to take advantage of the situation and have dinner at a place I’ve been hearing good things about for a couple of years. We were not disappointed.

I always say I’m not qualified to be anyone’s food critic, but I feel pretty safe in saying anyone who appreciates Italian food would enjoy a meal at Melini Cucina, more commonly known as Melini’s, at 209 S. Carol Malone Blvd.

I wanted to try something new and ordered the Polo Florentine, and my baby played it safe and went for the baked manicotti. I tried the chicken dish at the suggestion of our server (an outstanding waitress named Amber Carper) even though I was a little afraid of the “pine nuts” listed as an ingredient because I’ve honestly never tried pine nuts. As it turns out, pine nuts are pretty tasty. The baked manicotti was reviewed as “delicious” and my baby commented repeatedly about the quality of the ricotta cheese in her manicotti.

I will say my meal practically screamed to be accompanied by a glass of wine, which isn’t available at the Grayson location. I mentioned that to a couple of people who’ve been dining at Melini’s for years and they said that’s the main reason they prefer the Ironton location. For more more information, call (740) 534-5988. Interestingly, each said they think the food is “just a little better” at the restaurant in Grayson, which can be reached by calling (606) 475-1521.

Melini Cucina also has restaurants in Huntington, (304) 399-3000); Morehead, (606) 780-8865, Mount Sterling, (859) 497-7066 and Portsmouth, (740) 355-3141 or you can check out the restaurant’s menu by visiting www. melinicucina.net.

More than just

pumpkin pies

I had fun talking to musician and entrepreneur Michelle Wallace last week about Mama Hazel’s Bakery in Grayson and Mama Hazel’s Market in Olive Hill.

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