Salute Italian Restaurant, Gulfport, MS Report #37

This is my favorite Italian restaurant in Gulfport, MS.  That could be because it’s the only Italian restaurant I’ve ever been to there, but no matter.  It’s good.

The place is located right on Hwy. 90, which runs along the beach on the Mississippi Gulf coast.  The first pic is the sign you’d notice if you were driving along the beach.  The restaurant is on the first floor of a multi floor building housing other businesses.  Nice looking restaurant with an extensive menu.  Too extensive for me to post picture of but it’s available online.

They start you off with nice, hot ciabatta bread with what they call a pesto, but it contains spinach and is more like a spinach dip.  It’s delicious.  The side salads that come with your entrees are good and a nice size.  The panneed cheese ravioli is a must try.  Jalapeño and ricotta cheese breaded and deep fried and served on a bed of alfredo with a little marinara and shredded parmesan cheese.  Even though it has jalapeño cheese in it it’s not spicy at all.  Just delicious.

The seafood gumbo is delicious.  Made me feel like I was back in Louisiana instead of Mississippi.  Good meatballs and spaghetti.  Not pictured is the crabmeat fettucine, which was a panko breaded crab cake served on top of fettucini with a crab meat alfredo sauce over all.  That was delicious.  I had the “Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo”.  It was described as Gulf shrimp in a  garlic, crushed red pepper and basil marinara served over angel hair pasta.  This dish was pretty spicy.  And delicious.  I added scallops to it for an extra $9, which disappointed me a little.  It was 4 scallops on a skewer and in my opinion kind of small considering they were over $2 each.  Because of the high water content of scallops you also have to sear them on a rocket hot pan to get a good sear on them.  Looked like they tried to do that but failed.  But overall I was really happy with the dish.  It was delicious.

For dessert there was a Bananas Foster Bread pudding on the menu which we decided to try.  It was TERRIBLE!  It tasted like they dissolved 5 pounds of sugar in 8 ounces of water, added a teaspoon of cinnamon to it, poured it over some bread and baked it.  Way too sweet to eat with no banana flavor to it at all.  Yuck.

But, Overall, this is a great place with a great atmosphere.  I recommend it.

1712 15th St., Gulfport, LA  39501  Ph: 228-864-2500

Blaine  9-22-2017


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