January 20, 2020

Enjoy Italian Cuisine Right in Wilkes-Barre at Cork Bar & Restaurant

Let’s face it: we all can’t hop on a plane and travel to Italy just to enjoy some bruschetta. But at Cork Bar & Restaurant, you can enjoy some of the best Italian cuisine right in Wilkes-Barre.

But when did Italian cuisine come to the United States? Let’s take it back to 1920’s America. 

As Italians migrated to America in the late 19th-, early-20th century, those individuals had to adapt to a new environment, including how they got their food and how they prepared it. According to First We Feast, “What was originally a veggie-heavy, protein-low diet became meatier, saucier, and, as it only could in America, bigger.”

With a steady stream of cheaper meat, these family dishes became larger than life. From the 1920s through the 1960s, these Italian-American dishes became mainstream into the favorites we know today. 

From there, new generations of Italian-Americans reconnected with their cultural roots, bringing a new spin on their family recipes. 

So, how does Cork do Italian cuisine? Check out some of our favorite menu items! 

  • Neapolitan style meatball prepared with San Marzano tomato, garlic toast, and romano cheese.
  • Antipasto salad made with cured Italian meats, cheeses, olives and cherry peppers over lettuce, and served with flatbread.
  • Roasted vegetarian risotto served with mixed wild mushrooms, carrots, red peppers, broccoli, green peas with vegetable brodo, and classic arborio rice.
  • Italian chicken classics such as marsala, parmesan or Francaise.

Need more options? We have an entire section of our menu dedicated to pasta and risotto!

  • Seafood Fra Diavolo is prepared with half lobster tail, clams, and shrimp in a spicy San Marzano tomato sauce over linguine pasta. 
  • Seafood Gnocchi made with jumbo shrimp and diver scallops, pan-roasted with cherry tomatoes, asparagus, diced fresh mozzarella in a pesto cream with Parmesan cheese and potato gnocchi.
  • Moroccan Chicken Risotto. Seared marinated chicken, roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives, Israeli Feta and artichokes in a creamy Arborio topped with lemon oregano vinaigrette.
  • Pulled Short Rib Pappardelle. Our pulled short rib is made with house Marinara and diced fresh mozzarella
  • Charleston Shrimp is slow simmer Carolina shrimp, spicy sausage, low country gravy atop smoked Gouda grits, topped with chive oil.
  • Red Chili Garlic Shrimp. A wok-seared jumbo shrimp with Asian vegetables and glass noodles in a soy garlic red chili broth.

What would be an Italian meal without a glass of wine to accompany it? Check out our extensive selection of premium wines next time you dine with us!

Try some of the best Italian cuisines in Wilkes-Barre at Cork Bar & Restaurant!

When you dine at Cork, you aren’t a guest–you’re family. Our spacious, multi-level floor plan features a classy, contemporary aesthetic and relaxed cosmopolitan ambiance perfect for dining or entertaining.

Be a romantic dinner for two or a group outing, Cork is the place for you. 

Uncork a bottle today!

Come on down to Cork Bar & Restaurant today to try delicious food paired with some of the best wines in Northeast Pennsylvania. Reserve your table today!

We look forward to serving you at all of our fine establishments:                                     

The Beaumont Inn;

The River Street Jazz Cafe;



Cork Bar & Restaurant;

Le Manhattan Bistro;

Fire and Ice