Nobody cooks like Sam Gagliano, owner and principal
chef of Mr. Sam's, located at Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Avenue,
next to Firestone Tire and across from Barnes & Noble. This
restaurant/diner has some of the tastiest Italian-American food
you're going to find in the county. It's basic, but good! All
sauces are homemade and the food is always fresh and cooked to
order. I’ve gone there 20, maybe 30 times in the past year
alone. It’s a great place for lunch, but you’d better
get there on the early side, say 11:45 am or else it’s a
wait. There’s only room for about 50 people at a time, including
a few community stools at the counter.
a variety of food although the slant is definitely towards Italian.
I’ve had at least three varieties of subs, homemade meatball
with mozzarella & red sauce, fresh eggplant supreme with all
of the goodies, peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc., and breaded
veal cutlet. My good friend Jack seems to always order the hot
frittata egg sub that includes everything mentioned above and
also pepperoni and spinach. It’s enough for two people.
like the greens and beans appetizer that’s sautéed
in olive oil and garlic. There’s fresh soup made daily,
and during the cold season he makes a chili that’s as good
as any I’ve tasted in the area. The salads are fresh and
crisp with a variety of chopped vegetables. There are so many
different dishes that I don’t know how he does it with such
a small staff: breaded raviolis, pasta a la carte, buffalo wings,
thick burgers, cold & hot subs, tuna melt, Reuben, charbroiled
Santa Fe chicken, club sandwiches, several hot egg subs, chicken
cutlet parmigiana, baked manicotti, stuffed shells, homemade lasagna,
pizzas, and on Fridays, a fish fry to die for. I’m not a
dessert person so I can’t comment on that, although it looks
like standard fare, definitely not your Phillips European selection,
but enough to satisfy your sweet tooth. Prices are very reasonable.
If you can’t fill up on ten bucks worth of food, you’re
probably eating too much.
all, it’s the service that brings me back. The waiter and
waitresses are friendly, attentive and accommodating. Mr. Sam’s
is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. Give it
a try. You’ll probably see me there.
Review Submitted by Travis Anderson
Based on what I read here, my wife and I went to Mr. Sam's in
Pittsford Plaza in the hopes of finding a non-chain Italian restaurant
experience. We found a restaurant that obviously is popular, as
proven by the consistent flow of patrons, and one that had large
portions and tasty food. Unfortunately, the service bordered on
awful, and was probably bad enough that we won't return. Looking
for a place to go? Try Antonetta's on Jay Street.