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THE EATBEAT: Italian Moon offers extensive menu

Even if you aren't hungry, you probably will find something you want to try from the extensive choices at the Italian Moon. Some people seem to go there at noon for the buffet, which has a varied offering of food and pizza prepared from scratch o...

Marilyn Hagerty

Even if you aren't hungry, you probably will find something you want to try from the extensive choices at the Italian Moon.

Some people seem to go there at noon for the buffet, which has a varied offering of food and pizza prepared from scratch on the premises. On Sundays, the regular breakfast items offered on the buffet are popular. On Tuesdays, the taco bar is a draw.

The restaurant is locally owned, and the food prepared in the kitchen with UND student Lindsay Vold in charge. It is one of the restaurants with roots right in Grand Forks and a menu unique here.

The extensive choices range from appetizers including potato skins covered in Colby cheese and smoked bacon served with ranch dressing. The pizza is created to order. And there's a gluten-free 10-inch pizza with up to three toppings for $12.99.

Burritos, enchiladas, chalupas, tacos and tostadas are a draw for customers who like hot touches to the winter menu.

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Sandwiches served on a freshly baked bun draw some of the customers to Italian Moon. Along with pulled pork, beef brisket and grilled chicken, there is a cod sandwich on the menu for $6.99.

The versatility of the Italian Moon continues with full-blown chicken, pulled pork and beef brisket dinners that seem to be the choice of families who prefer seating in the booths and tables near the window that looks out on Washington Street.

I have always chosen the tables near the window in the Moon. And I have always gone back for more of the excellent homemade soup.

There are groups who like to gather in the party room for meals. And there are customers who like to have coffee sessions there in the afternoon. Since its ownership by Ken Towers, a former basketball coach at Red River High School, the Moon has attracted sports groups. They come from UND for reunions.
Catering, which is more important in summer, is almost 30 percent of the Moon's business. The month of December has long been booked with parties. And reservations for wedding services next summer are coming in. Thirty percent of the business at Italian Moon is takeout.

Italian Moon

810 S. Washington Street

Grand Forks

Telephone: (701) 772-7277

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Owner: Scott Purpur

Manager: Brent Moen

Hours: 11 a.m. opening daily with 10 p.m. closing Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. closing Friday and Saturday.

Eatbeat Report Card: With a wide variety of food to eat in or take out, the Italian Moon draws from a cross section of the Grand Forks area. There's an informal feel about the place where customers choose seating in booths, tables or in a large party room. The present owners are carrying on traditions of the late Keith Moon, who founded the restaurant, and Ken Towers, the longtime former owner. Menu widely varied. Prices mid-range.

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