Enjoy Authentic Italian Fare at Four Pennsylvania Airports.
With 130 public airports and a large Italian-American community (more than 12% of the state’s 13 million residents claim Italian heritage), it’s no surprise to find great Italian restaurants at Pennsylvania airports. Here are four delicious destinations we’ve visited. Please let us know if you have other suggestions for Air Fare’s map. Buon appetito!
Fiorentino’s – Lancaster Airport (LNS)
We first discovered Fiorentino’s on a trip to Lancaster and fell in love with their eggplant ‘fries’ dusted with Parmesan and served with fresh marinara. Authentic Italian specialities and a picturesque setting draws locals, tourists and pilots to this friendly spot in Pennsylvania’s beautiful Amish country. Specializing in pizza, pasta, seafood and southern Italian dishes, the restaurant was opened at the Lancaster Airport in 2002 by Rose – a native of Calabria Italy – and Rob Billas, her husband and partner. Enjoy the outside patio and extensive craft beer menu. 500 Airport Rd, Lititz, PA 17543 | 717-569-6732 | www.fiorentinos.com
Primo Barone’s – Venango Regional (FKL)
We met long-time restaurateur Giuseppe Barone and his daughter Angela flying home from EAA. For 21 years, locals and pilots have enjoyed Primo Barone’s wonderful Italian cuisine at this north-central Pennsylvania airport. After a late lunch of seafood, salads and eggplant Parmesan, Giuseppe treated us to a guided tour of the large photo wall featuring the many celebrities and VIPs he’s served over two decades. 1564 Airport Road, Franklin, PA | 814-432-2588
Cloud 9 Airport Restaurant & Lounge – Williamsport Regional Airport (IPT)
The Daniel family brought their recipe for great food, entertainment and hospitality to the Williamsport Airport in 2012. The menu includes traditional Italian favorites such as lasagna and chicken Parmesan, and fresh continental and American cuisine. Check out their special events including wine dinners hosted with select vineyards. Located in North Central Pennsylvania, the family also operates Franco’s Lounge and Joanna’s Italian Bakery. Open Tuesday-Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 700 Airport Rd. Montoursville, PA 17754 | 570-601-4603 | www.dineoncloud9.com
DeNunzio’s Italian Chophouse & Sinatra Bar – Arnold Palmer Regional (LBE)
Located at the Arnold Palmer Airport in western Pennsylvania, DeNunzio’s is an extraordinary fly-in destination. One of three restaurants owned by Ron DeNunzio, the Latrobe locale is renowned for great views, wonderful service and of course, delicious Italian fare. Serving lunch and dinner daily, the extensive menu of pastas, steaks, salads and seafood has something for everyone. Ask about their specialty grocery items including sauces, soups and stuffed pasta available to purchase on site. 148 Aviation Lane, Latrobe, PA 15650 | 724-539-3980 | www.denunziosrestaurant.com