Roland's Trattoria Compliment - Roland's Trattoria - 2800 West Chestnut Street, Washington, PA
WASHINGTON, PENNSYLVANIA -- Since my husband and I abhor fast foods, we are always asking hotel staff for truly local restaurants and thus we came to Roland's.
Now, don't be put off by the exterior and don't let the interior get you down either. It's a combination local bar/pizza/bar stool table kind of place and is a bit world weary. And while there are smoking non-smoking areas, they are so close together that you could hardly tell the difference. Still, not many were smokers, so I don't think it would bother all but the most rabid of non-smokers.
We started off by ordering a drink. White Zin for me and a delicious beer, Iron City -- I think -- made in Pennsylvania-- for my husband. Reasonably priced, $4.50 for the wine and $2 for the bottled beer.
After ordering, the waitress soon brought us a loaf of freshly baked bread, which was delicious and served with dipping oil. The salad was cool and crisp, though unremarkable. I had ordered the artichoke chicken and my husband had angel hair pasta with Roland's sauce and we enjoyed them both. You get massive quantities of food, so unless you have a very hearty appetite, you might want to ask if you can get half orders.
Roland's also makes fresh baked pizza and what I saw going into the oven looked delicious. They also have 'specials' on certain days that are outside the "Italian" name of the restaurant. Prime Rib was one on the evening we were there, though I am always suspect of restaurants serving prime rib, since I have found way too many simply microwaving pre-packaged cuts. I'm not saying Roland's does this, but I cannot quite see this restaurant cooking prime rib. Stuffed pork chops was another, as well as Crab Cakes. Our bill, without tip, was $33.00.
The staff was very nice and friendly. So if you're looking for a place that is not fast food in Washington, PA, give Roland's a try. It's located off 70W at exit 15.