Dinner at Dino's

We had a delicious dinner at Dino's Ristorante Italiano last weekend. Debbi DeNino is a skilled and creative chef and the restaurant has such a wonderful ambience.

We started off by devouring Debbi's freshly-baked bread, tearing off hunks and dipping them in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. My husband ordered a bowl of the corn chowder and the Osso Buco; I chose the Wild Alaskan Salmon. The salmon filet was seared with Sicilian spices and served on a bed of baby greens, topped with a cherry tomato-basil vinaigrette. A mix of orzo and slender yellow wax beans were served on the side. The vegetables were straight from the DeNino's garden and everything on the plate was superb.

A slice of the housemade Tiramisu was the perfect finish to an outstanding meal.

I'll be back soon. I'm hoping Debbi will put her mouthwatering Pumpkin Lasagne (cubed, seasoned pumpkin layered with sheets of egg pasta, bechamel sauce and parmesan and mozzarella cheeses--yumm!) on the fall menu.

Dino's is located at 404 SE Jackson St. in downtown Roseburg. 673-0848.

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