Meet The B-Line®: Pompilio’s

Pompilio's Outside Sign hanging at night, lit up.

The food and drink adventures of Dot (co-worker, photographer, bourbon enthusiast) and Cassie (love language is carbs), continues with this edition of Meet the B-Line series with Pompilio’s. While this Italian restaurant is fairly new to The B-Line, they are not new to the Cincy Region. Located on Washington Avenue in Newport, Kentucky, Pompilio’s has been a staple on the NKY side of the Ohio river since it opened in 1933. Housed in a turn of the century building that was once a saloon (opened in 1902), Pompilio’s recently celebrated their 90th anniversary! They’ve also been featured in movies like Rain Man (1988) starring Tome Cruise and Dustin Hoffman and Airborne (1993) featuring Jack Black and Seth Greene.

Pompilio's dining room with booths and tables and chairs.

Pompilio’s is open seven days a week serving locals and out-of-towners delicious Italian food and a large selection of Kentucky’s finest bourbons and cocktails. With a robust menu featuring Homemade Meat Lasagna, Shrimp Alfredo, Chicken Marsala, and Meatball Subs, they also offer vegetarian options like the classic Eggplant Parmigiana and Cheese Tortellini.  Dot and I took the opportunity to try items recommended by the staff. Here is just a small taste of what can be enjoyed at Pompilio’s.  

What We Drank

Glass of Rosa Regale wine with the small wine bottle beside it.

Rosa Regale Sparkling Red (Split Piedmont)

If it is sweet, it’s for me. Also, check out how cute the bottle it came in is. I thoroughly enjoyed this raspberry, sweet and crisp wine. 

Pompilio's cocktail with a garnish cherry and orange slice.

Colonel Pomp’s Old Fashioned

Dot is on a mission to try an Old Fashioned at every B-Line stop and Pompilio’s did not disappoint. Their Old Fashioned is made with Old Forester, a delicious House Made Cherry Syrup (not overly sweet) and infused with Orange Bitters. This bourbon forward cocktail was not overly sweet, and the house made cherry syrup was flavorful.

What We Ate

Every guest gets to try their soft table bread with smooth and creamy garlic butter. Yum! In addition to the bread, we tried one antipasti (appetizer) and two entrées. There was absolutely no room for dessert, but I have been told by the locals that their homemade tiramisu and cannoli are some of the best in the entire region!

5, golden Pompilio's Risotto Balls on a plate with a small cup of marinara sauce.

Risotto Balls

This appetizer was a recommended favorite by our waitress. These slowly simmered treats are fried with a gooey, cheesy center and are served with a side of marinara. I can absolutely taste why these were a favorite. The dish provides so many different textures in one bite. It’s an absolute delight for your senses and palate. Dot liked hers just on their own. Me, I drizzled the marinara over the top. Chef’s kiss I tell you!

Pompilio's Chicken Ronaldo featuring chicken, angel hair pasta, sundried tomatoes and black olives in a bowl.

Chicken Ronaldo

Dot chose this savory entree. After having tried it previously with shrimp, she opted for the chicken this time and it was just as good as she remembered it. The Chicken Ronaldo is made with oil and garlic, sauteed sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, black olives, fresh basil, spicey red flakes tossed with angel hair pasta and grilled chicken. Halfway through she had to stop because she was so full. When I suggested that she could take the leftovers home to her spouse, she said, “oh no, this is mine”. That’s how good it is. You will not want to share it with anyone!

Pompilio's San Luci dish featuring sauteed chicken, sundried tomatoes and cheese tortellini, topped with basil in a bowl.

San Luci

I opted for this flavorful main dish. Sauteed chicken with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, onion simmered in a cream sauce with artichokes and cheese tortellini. When I say that the San Luci hit all the right notes for me, I mean that. The pasta was cooked to perfection, the cream sauce was cheesy and tasty, and the fresh chicken, herbs and tomatoes sent it over the top. Like Dot, I was full halfway through as both her meal and mine were hearty portions. I opted to take the leftovers home to my husband so he could try what I described as “happiness on a plate.” His response after scarfing it down, “ten out of ten would recommend.”

Image is of inside Pompilio's looking at the bar with 4 people sitting in high top chairs and a bartender behind the bar.

Overall, Dot and I feel so thankful that we live in a region that has Pompilio’s. They have been serving families in this area for generations. Here, you feel that sense of family, history, and community. The interior is warm and inviting and the staff are friendly, attentive and give great recommendations. Live music can be heard three nights a week from inside and outside throughout the year. They also offer carryout and catering options! Our experience at Pompilio’s is always a good one. We truly encourage you to stop in, have a bite to eat in the dining room or sit at the bar and try one of the many bourbons they have on hand straight or in a delightful, crafted cocktail.

Need more B-Line in your life? I encourage you to check out all our blog posts featuring our B-Line stops and be sure to check out our B-Line calendar, highlighting bourbon centric events all month long and coming soon! Until next time, go forth and explore our great region, one sip and bite at a time!