Pestos has been a favorite in Valparaiso, Indiana since 1993.

Pestos has been a favorite in Valparaiso, Indiana since 1993.

Pestos Italian Restaurant in Valparaiso, Indiana has been a favorite dining spot for lovers of Italian food since 1993. But I think what sets Pestos apart is that they do other dishes just as well as they do Italian food. Those other dishes include seafood, beef, chicken, pork and vegetarian dishes (some of which are gluten free).

Pestos is located a few miles north of the downtown dining district, but it’s worth the drive.

Pestos in Valparaiso, Indiana

Pestos makes excellent pizzas.

Pestos makes excellent pizzas.

Don’t dine alone at Pestos. I say that because it’s difficult to pick just one thing off the diverse menu, so it’s a lot more fun to order several plates to share.

Another good idea is to take advantage of the Wednesday night buffet, which features quantity and quality – meat, fish and pasta dishes, pizza, salad and dessert.

Their signature dishes include such things as macadamia nut crusted chicken, crab crusted sea bass and seafood a la vodka.

Valparaiso, Indiana Restaurant

On my recent visit, my table enjoyed the pesto crusted salmon served with seasonal vegetables (another of the signature dishes), as well as a salad, pasta, pizza and dessert.

The ravioli, in a tomato parmesan sauce, was delicious. The spinach pizza was one of the best pizzas I’ve had in a long time. And the perfect topping to a perfect meal was bread pudding.

Our meal was enjoyed in an elegant, but casual dining room and was served by attentive staff.

Go There

Fresh, tasty food is on the menu at Pestos.

Fresh, tasty food is on the menu at Pestos.

While I certainly enjoy dining in downtown Valparaiso, Pestos, which is a few miles north of the downtown area, is worth seeking out. I’m already eyeing a return visit, which will allow me to sample the appetizers that I didn’t even explore the last time.

Pestos also had a nice lunch menu with a good variety of lunch-sized portions. They also offer a banquet room and catering services.

Don’t just live in the city–explore it! THIS is Big City, little Indiana!

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Pestos Italian Restaurant
3123 Calumet Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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