Palermo’s Restaurant offers Italian favorites in a casual atmosphere
By Ginny McCabe
When it comes to Italian favorites in a casual setting Palermo’s Restaurant in Kettering delivers a wide range of entrees, pasta dishes, salads and appetizers. Under new ownership, the restaurant takes pride in the details—from the quality and taste of the food, to the value and hometown, welcoming atmosphere.
Although the restaurant has the same name, and remains in the same location, the new owners, Maher Yadak, owner/operator, and his brother, Marwan Yadak, co-owner, have made countless upgrades during the past year. The duo brings decades of restaurant experience to the independently owned establishment. The Yadaks officially assumed ownership in November 2017.
“I’ve been in the food and restaurant business for more than 25 years. My brother told me the business was for sale so we took a look at it,” says Maher Yadak.
A few of the recent upgrades include new dining room furniture as well as fresh paint. Immediately customers will notice that the atmosphere has changed with brightly colored artwork, which adds to the dining room’s appeal. Guests will feel at ease to sit back, relax and enjoy a meal. The kitchen has been enlarged and the patio was improved.
“We’ve tried to keep everything the same (in terms of the menu selection, pricing and the staff), except for the service and the consistency of the food. We’ve upgraded everything. We take pride in what we do,” says Maher Yadak.
He says more than 80 percent of the customers are regulars, who he and the staff know by name. Diners also make Palermo’s a popular destination at lunchtime. A few of the customer favorites include chicken Parmigiana, shrimp scampi and spaghetti with meat sauce. One vegetarian option guests often request is eggplant rollantini, which is eggplant stuffed with spinach, onions and ricotta, and topped with provolone cheese.
When it comes to pizza, Palermo’s offers a deluxe, Veggie Lover’s and a Meat Lover’s as well as other specialty pizzas like an Hawaiian, Buffalo Chicken and a Gyro Pizza, to name a few.
My friend, Becky, and I stopped in for a late lunch on a weekday. We tried the deluxe pizza, which was topped with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onions. I liked the fact that there were generous toppings and a lot of cheese.
We also split a Trio Delight (an $18.99 dinner special,) which includes lasagna, Parmigiana chicken and a stuffed shell along with a soup or a salad. I had a salad with the house-made Italian vinaigrette and I enjoyed the lasagna and the stuffed shell the most.
“We are known for our pastas. Then, secondly, for our pizzas. Our pizzas are 100 percent homemade. We get so many compliments about our pizza. Our pizza is known for the quality, the crispness and how fresh it is. If you come in here hungry we want to make sure you go home full,” Maher Yadak says.
Palermo’s has a staff of about 12 full-time employees. The neighborhood restaurant is located at 2667 S. Dixie Drive in Kettering. Palermo’s offers an indoor dining area and a full bar. Outdoors, there is a spacious patio with a corner stage for live music.
The restaurant also offers a lunch menu, daily dining specials and catering for corporate events, parties and wedding celebrations. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Overall, customers can expect a varied menu with reasonable prices and friendly service. Palermo’s is affordable for families and there’s something on the menu for everyone. Whether you’re making plans for happy hour (daily 4-6 p.m.), lunch or dinner it’s worth checking out.