Aroma Italiano Serving Up Fresh, Homemade Italian Food
by Karen Fetter
Nothing compares to the taste of homemade, fresh food – especially those recipes that come from a long line of family traditions. Westmoreland County residents don’t have to look any further than Aroma Italiano located at 2220 Ligonier Street in Latrobe, PA. This family-owned business offers Italian culture and hospitality with every visit.
Owner Carlo Garbeglio gives his mother all the credit for helping create and make the menu items. Originally from the town of Fossalto, Italy, Antoinette Garbeglio and husband Andrew offer what has been passed down from generations to create recipes such as lasagna, spaghetti, rigatoni, and Italian Roast Beef.
The name Aroma Italiano means “Scent of Italy.” They thought the name was appropriate because of all the smells that are present immediately upon opening the door. Each month there are daily specials along with everyday menu items including sandwiches, soups, and salads.
Everyday menu items include gnocchi, rigatoni, spaghetti, chicken parmesan, Italian roast beef, hot sausage, cotoletta, barbecue pork, meatball hoagie, grilled mozzarella, pepperoni rolls, spanicopita, cheese sticks, calzone, and wedding soup, just to name a few.
- chicken parmesan
- Italian roast beef
- hot sausage
- meatball hoagie
- grilled mozzarella
- pepperoni rolls
- cheese sticks
- wedding soup
“All of our food including bread, soup, and meals are made fresh every day. It’s hard to find a restaurant like that anymore,” said Carlo. “I also personally greet everyone that enters. We have our regulars that we get to know well, but I always love to see new people.”
Aroma Italiano first opened for business in February of 2003. The dynamic of the restaurant has changed considerably since the first few months.
“I remember I was selling food straight from catering servers right in the front room. But soon we found out that people wanted to dine inside. We immediately thought of expanding,” said Carlo.
Currently, Aroma Italiano has a walk-in area where customers can place their orders. There is also a large sit-down and banquet area.
“I always wanted to open my own restaurant. I loved my mother’s food and thought we could really start a great business,” said Carlo. Within four months of finding the building, Aroma Italiano was ready for business. Carlo completed all of the construction and design by himself.
In addition to the restaurant, Aroma Italiano also offers catering services for all occasions. Feature dinner items are lasagna, cannelloni, gnocchi, spaghetti, rigatoni, chicken, roast beef sandwiches, hot sausage sandwiches, meatballs, and ham barbeque. Feature side items include pasta salad, vegetable salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, fruit salad, vegetable medley, green bean almondeen, baked beans, chili, parsley potatoes, wedding soup, and potato soup. Hors d’oeuvres include rice balls, spanicopita, quiche, roumoki, and chicken strips. There are also a wide variety of baked goods available such as cream puffs, cannoli, pizzelles, cookies, biscotti and cakes.
- roast beef sandwiches
- hot sausage sandwiches
- ham Barbeque
- pasta salad
- vegetable salad
- macaroni salad
- potato salad
- fruit salad
- vegetable medley
- green bean almondine
- baked beans
- parsley potatoes
- wedding soup
- potato soup
- rice balls
- chicken strips
Tuesday is their special two-for-one night. For the month of May this special will include spaghetti and rigatoni, chicken salad sandwich, fruit salad, and stuffed pepper soup.
If you can’t make into the restaurant you may find Aroma Italiano at the Ligonier Country Market on Saturday mornings from the end of May until the end of September. Select items are for sale and the booth is open from 7 a.m. to noon.
Aroma Italiano is currently taking reservations for Mother’s Day celebrations. The meal includes a salad, soup, a choice of lasagna, spaghetti, or rigatoni and also includes a dessert, coffee, and complimentary wine. The restaurant will be open on Mother’s Day from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Normal business hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The next time you want to enjoy fresh, homemade food outside of your own kitchen, stop in Aroma Italiano.
and place your order or reservation today!