6 Tips for Choosing a Charcoal or a Gas Grill

Discussion over which one is the best, charcoal grill or gas grill, doesn’t have an end. Both the grills are better in their own way but still, the question is, which one to buy. The answer depends on the taste and comfort level it provides. So let’s sort it out and get a clear picture of it.

Getting the grill started

While on the other hand charcoal grill takes a long time to pre-heat and sometimes you need a lot of patience to get it started. Thus it is very time consuming and cooking becomes very slow.

So on the basis of convenience, a gas grill is better than a charcoal grill and it will save your time and makes grilling fast.

Cooking Efficiency

And cooking with charcoal grills can give the real smoky flavors to your food and trust me it is so good. If your first priority is to get the best smoke, you can trust the charcoal grill blindly.

Safety

So if giving time to cooking is no big deal for you, must go for the charcoal one because better taste is present there only.

Safety becomes the most important concern while someone is cooking because any mishap can take place while doing so. No doubt that gas grills are easy to use but gas can be explosive if you don’t handle it with care. Controlling temperature in gas grills is little easy, with a dial setting you can adjust the temperature you need for your food.

Charcoal grills are hard to handle and the risk of fire sometimes makes it difficult to use in-house. You cannot control the speed immediately with a charcoal grill and there can be flare-ups that may cause higher health risks.

Choosing a Charcoal or a Gas Grill

Temperature Control

In both the grills, the temperature can be a problem if not handle with care. You can make a 2-zone setting on both the grills. Keep one side ignited and another side cool, it would be helpful in maintaining the temperature and cooks your food in a better way.

Budget

Spending money becomes an issue while purchasing something. You need to look into many factors before doing so. Gas grills are expensive because of the mechanism, also it will cost you more while assembling the parts.

While if you go for a charcoal grill, it is much cheaper than the gas grill and can easily be repaired or replaced (in case, required).

Well differentiating on the basis of fuel is quite difficult because of prices of fuel changes time to time. But mechanism wise charcoal grill would cost you less.

Cleaning the Grills

Clean-up job can be easier if done on a regular basis. Gas grills don’t take much effort, you can clean the grease and carbon with the help of soapy water and dry brush and its done.

While with the charcoal grill, along with the grease you need to clean the ashes also. It is easy if you have an ashtray with the grill.

On the basis of different techniques used, a gas grill is easy to clean as it doesn’t require any extra effort of cleaning ashes.

Cleaning the Grills

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Barbecue Grilling Recipes- Shrimps

Grilled Barbecue Shrimp (spicy)

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds large shrimp (raw and cleaned)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 medium sized lemon (juiced)
  • 1/3 butter (melted)
  • Paprika (or chili flakes)
  • Garlic powder (or finely crushed garlic)
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Grilled-Shrimp

Instructions for Grilling:

Make sure that the shrimps are beheaded and deboned. Clean the shrimps with running water and then pat them dry with a clean towel.

Mix the ingredients in a bowl or container. Make certain that everything is well mixed before dropping the shrimps in the container.

Cover the bowl or container and then chill the marinated shrimps for an hour.

Pre-heat the griller and grease it with melted butter or vegetable oil. Grill the shrimp for at least 2 minutes per side.

Serve with grilled peppers.

This barbecue grilling recipe is my favorite. If you never tried shrimp on your barbecue before you should really try it this time.  You are going to love it.

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Breakfast and Beverages

HOUSE COFFEE

Our special blend from the local roaster,Columbia Street Roastery and we use Keurig espresso machines to make your perfect morning coffee.

ALSO AVAILABLE

  • Espresso
  • Caffe Latte
  • Cappuccino

TEAS

A variety of hot/cold teas are available.

  • Hot
  • Chocolate
  • Milk
  • Orange Juice

SOFT DRINKS

  • Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Slice
  • Lemonade
  • Limonata San Pellegrino
  • Mineral Water San Pellegrino

WINE (available by glass and bottle)

  • RED – Placido Chianti, Cecchi Classico, 14 Hands Merlot, Coppola Rosso
  • WHITE – Bottega Viania Pino Grigio, Oak Vineyards Chardonnay, Il Moscato

BOTTLED BEERS

  • Peroni
  • Anchor Steam
  • Sam Smith Porter
  • Rogue Dead Guy Ale and more
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The Classics

See our current menu for prices per selection. (lunch serving available)

FIRST CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE PASTA

    • Spaghetti
    • Shells
    • Rotini
    • Homemade egg pastas
    • Fettucini
    • Spinach Fettucine
    • Linguini
    • Angel Hair

 THEN ADD YOUR FAVORITE SAUCE

  • Agilio Olio – an olive oil, roasted garlic and herb sauce
  • Alfredo – a Parmesan and cream sauce, enriched with fresh egg yolk and cracked black pepper
  • Basil Pesto and Grape Tomato – a basil, olive oil and herb sauce with tomatoes and freshly grated Parmesan
  • Carbonara – bacon, eggs and freshly grated Parmesan create a Roman delicacy
  • Gorgonzola – a rich gorgonzola cream sauce
  • Marinara – our tomato sauce with herbs and chunks of tomato

LAST, IF DESIRED, ADD A FAVORITE INGREDIENT

  • Meatballs
  • Shrimp or Chicken
  • Grilled Ribeye
  • Mushrooms or Asparagus
  • Prosciutto
  • Broccoli
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Featured Attractions (featuring our fabulous fresh pasta)

RIBEYE GORGONZOLA

A grilled 12 oz ribeye topped with gorgonzola cream, served with broccoli

THE GREAT IMPASTANOFF (lunch serving available)
Tender chunks of braised sirloin in a sour cream, mushroom and onion sauce served over homemade fettuccine.

PAPA PIERO’S CHICKEN AND CREAM SAUCE (lunch serving available)
Bite sized morsels of chicken breast sautèed in wine, garlic, fresh herbs, and spices served over homemade fettuccine

MARDI GRAS PASTA (lunch serving available)
Our homemade fettuccine in a Cajun cream sauce with chicken, shrimp, and Andouille sausage.

LINGUINI WITH MUSHROOMS AND ASPARAGUS
Cremini and shitake mushrooms, English peas, garlic, provolone & lemon zest

LINGUINI PESCATORE
Clams, mussels and shrimp with spicy marinara and ripe olives served over our homemade linguini

LASAGNA MARINARA WITH MEAT
Our homemade lasagna pasta layered with Italian pork sausage, ricotta, parmesan, mozzarella tomato and bèchamel sauces

SEAFOOD LASAGNA
Our homemade spinach lasagna layered with shrimp, clams, crab claw meat & mozzarella and bèchamel sauce.

SAUSAGE IN CRUST
Sliced homemade fresh sausage meat baked in a butter pastry crust with a side order of spaghetti marinara and broccoli florets

WILD MUSHROOMS, SUNDRIED TOMATOES, AND ONION RISOTTO
Our creamy risotto with cremini, shitake mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and onion.

SAFFRON RISOTTO
Creamy risotto enriched with a saffron broth and shrimp, mussels, and andouille.

PORTOBELLO NAPOLEON
Balsamic mushroom layered with fresh mozzarella, crispy eggplant, basil pesto & roasted garlic — Served with marinara and grilled asparagus

VEAL PICCATA
Classic presentation featuring Lemon & caper sauce, angel hair pasta and asparagus

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Soups (cup or bowl)

MARCOSTRONE

Marco Polo’s favorite vegetarian style minestrone with fresh vegetables, lentils, pasta, carefully selected herbs and spices and topped with Parmesan cheese

CLAM CHOWDER
Sea clams and potatoes in a pure cream broth with herbs, spices, bacon, and a sprinkle of green onion.

SEAFOOD GUMBO
Crabmeat, shrimp, green peppers, onion, and celery in a spicy Cajun broth

Soup of the Week
Our soon to be “famous.”

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Desserts

Desserts change daily, so please ask your server for current selections. Typically we will have:

  • Tiramisu
  • Flourless Chocolate Cake
  • Creme Brulee
  • Cio Bella Gelato
  • Raspberry Sorbet
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Salads

SPINACH SALAD

Red onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, crispy bacon and our house dressing

CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD
Grilled chicken breast with Romaine lettuce, Parmesan, croutons and our house Caesar dressing

HOUSE SALAD
Mixed greens, sun-dried tomatoes, red onions, crumbled gorgonzola, house vinaigrette

TUNA CLASSIQUE
Seared tuna steak atop mixed greens, asparagus, roasted potatoes, kalamata olives, hardboiled egg

PASTA SALAD WITH SPINACH AND WALNUT PESTO (avail. in small/large)
Fresh spinach and walnut pesto with peas, olives, tomatoes, red onions, tuna and herbs and rotini pasta.

PASTA SALAD NIÇOISE (avail. in small/large)
Our homemade regular fettuccine and spinach fettuccine tossed with both ripe and green olives, tomatoes, red onions, green peppers, herbs, parmesan cheese and our special vinaigrette

MEDITERRANEAN PASTA SALAD WITH TUNA (avail. in small/large)
Shell pasta mixed with tuna, both ripe and green olives, tomatoes, onions, green peppers and pepperoncini tossed in our house dressing

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Lunch Special – Pick Two

Choose among any of the following:

  • Pasta Salad with Spinach and Walnut Pesto
  • Pasta Salad Niçoise
  • Mediterranean Pasta Salad with Tuna
  • Spaghetti Marinara
  • 1/2 order of Italian Beef or French Dip
  • Sausage in Crust
  • Caesar Salad
  • Garden Salad
  • Spinach Salad
  • House Salad
  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Marcostrone
  • New England Clam Chowder
  • Soup of the Week
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LUNCH EXCLUSIVES

Please note the “lunch serving available” notes in the Classics and Featured Attractions sections above.

CRAB CAKE ‘PO BOY’
Crab cakes, mixed greens and lemon mayonnaise

BACON CHICKEN ALA DIAVOLO
Grilled chicken, provolone, bacon, lettuce, garlic mustard mayonnaise

ITALIAN BEEF
Top round roast beef sautèed with sweet peppers, onions, and pepperoncini

FRENCH DIP
Top round roast beef simmered and served au jus.

PORTOBELLO PANINI
Grilled marinated portobello mushroom with basil pesto and fresh mozzarella on wheat bread

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