Sauce On The Side: A Visit To Eddie Cerino's
Our first foray into our culinary adventure led us to the corner of Warren and Detroit, to an inviting establishment named Eddie Cerino's. Formerly known as Eddie and Eddie's, this bright, modern restaurant welcomes its patrons with a cool vibe and a warm staff. We were greeted promptly and ushered to a table, just a tad too cozy with what must have been a newly enamored couple, judging by the level of PDA (i.e. public display of affection). Our server, Lisa, was particularly friendly and attentive without being overly solicitous. Our meal began with a choice of chicken paprikash or Italian wedding soup; we decided to have one of each (who wouldn't?). Both of the soups were savory and well complemented by the fluffy foccacia bread, presented in charming metal baskets. The cheesy crust was perfectly chewy with a soft, airy interior, which would have been even better served warm.
Lisa recommended the special, which was a pulled pork pizza with caramelized onions, white sauce, cheddar cheese, and roasted red peppers drizzled with a smoky barbecue sauce. Her tempting description enticed us to order it and we were so glad that we did! The dough was deliciously crispy without being greasy or overdone, the toppings left us wanting more. (Of course, one can never have too much pork, don't you think?) We asked for light sauce on the pizza and were pleased with the kitchen's compliance with our request.
The pizza was the perfect size for two and a good value, so fortuitously, we had room for dessert! A beautiful piping hot chocolate chip cookie "pizzette" was set before us with two luscious scoops of vanilla ice cream perched provocatively on top. Two words: "Yes, please!"
On a side note, the restrooms were clean and well-maintained, but both the men's and ladies' rooms were single stalled with frosted glass doors! Interesting design idea, but a little daring for the modest among us.
Overall, we enjoyed our lunch immensely and would recommend Eddie Cerino's for casual Italian food in a welcoming, convivial atmosphere.
The Taster Twins
I have lived in Lakewood for 20 years. My twin sister and I frequent Lakewood eateries and are interested in submitting articles/columns reviewing Lakewood restaurants.