It's time again and on this week's special "Double Dose of Food Friday," WACH FOX heads out to Alodia's Cucina Italiana to check out their new Lexington location.
"Alodia's is named after the owner's great-grandmother and it's an Italian restaurant. This is our second location which opened about two months ago, but overall we had our 10-year anniversary at our original location last month. Lot of recipes have been passed down through the family. We like to keep things fresh and serve good Italian food," explains General Manager Ryan Clark
You will surely be amazed with what they're serving especially their Baked Spaghetti and Duck Arrosto.
"Our Baked Spaghetti, which we use our house made spaghetti pasta, is just sauteed with some red and green bell peppers, mushrooms and red onion. We make a Bolognese sauce out of that then top it with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses then bake it up," says Kitchen Manager Will Roberts.
Then there's our Duck Arrosto which is one of our two duck dishes. It's just rendered and baked off to be served with an Asiago Panchetto and Mushroom Risotto then finished with a black berry and Pinot Noir sauce," he adds.
For people who have never had duck, the Kitchen Manager goes onto explain that its really its "own entity and own flavoring" that is best described as a cross between chicken and steak texture-wise.
But besides the dishes, this restaurant is serving up homemade pasta that is not made my hand.
In fact, there's a pasta maker in the kitchen that requires a certain type of flour called Semolina Durum, whole eggs and water.
There is something for any Italian enthusiast on Alodia's menu.
"We have Italian classics from your Lasagna and Fettucini. We have a rotating seafood special where chefs like Mr. Will Roberts will use different seafood from around the world. One week we had Blue Marlin and we tend to keep it local with fish out of Charleston with maybe some Murrel and Red Fish. Then we have our specialty dishes like the Duck Arrosto, Seafood Risotto or our Bowtie Gratinata which is one of our best selling dishes. The Gratinata recipe has been passed down as well," adds Clark.
If you would like to check out Alodia's Cucina Italiana, their locations are 2736 North Lake Drive in Columbia and 101 West Main Street in Lexington.
For more information about this restaurant please view the FULL "Good Day Columbia" segment above, visit their website as well as what the FACEBOOK LIVE the restaurant did with our Morning Traffic & Lifestyle Reporter Natalie Parsons.
The restaurant is currently accepting applications for employment: APPLY HERE!