Category Archives: Fried

Little Italy Isn’t Dead: Sal’s Little Italy

Periodically, there’s an article about how Little Italy is dead or dying. Yes, it’s more of a tourist destination and less of a neighborhood where Italian people live. There are still some Italians there, and there are Italian-American-owned businesses there. A recent article in the New York Times made me want to write a series on Little Italy Isn’t Dead and feature some of the businesses there.

Sal’s Little Italy

Sal’s Pizza opened in Little Italy in 1977. In 1982, Neapolitan immigrants Carmela and Antonio Triolo bought it and the family still owns it today. The star here is the fried calzone–how calzones should be made.

And this is one of the best pizzas in the city. Sal’s also has a full menu of appetizers, pastas, sandwiches and entrees, including specialties like Italian sausage and broccoli rabe.

North Carolina State Fair


I didn’t try the chocolate bacon at the state fair, but it is appropriate that the state known for its pork would have something like this. 


A made-from-scratch ham biscuit from the ladies at the Apex Lions Club.


I did have fried mozzarella sticks, which were delicious.

cheese curds

Continuing with the fried cheese, cheddar curds.  Good too.


More fried–this time dough.  Wish the fair had some zeppoles, but an elephant ear was the closest I could find.  Yum!


Fried Oreos.  Nothing special even though they look great.


Fried veggies were yummy, especially with ranch dip.

pecan pie

Fried pecan pie, very good, something any pecan pie lover would love.

frying pie

This pic is of the pie being fried.

ice cream

A fair favorite of mine, R&R’s homemade vanilla ice cream.  Much better than NC State’s, which is fairly mediocre.

ice cream maker

Ice cream being churned using vintage John Deere engines.


More of the pig theme–a Miss Debbie’s Specialty apple with chocolate and bacon. 


Here’s another named after Homer Simpson with a little doughnut on top.


A key lime pie one that I actually bought.


A first-prize winning lovely cake shaped like a Valentine’s Day heart.