Italian House on Park–order this lovely scallop dish

Everyday this week, I’ll be posting short reads on some of my favorite Indianapolis restaurants for seafood. This is post seven of 10. If you get a chance to visit, or have a place you think I should check out, drop me a line—I’d love to hear from you!

In 2013, CNN Money Magazine named Westfield, IN to its “50 Best Places to Live” list, which highlights places with thriving economies, good job markets, affordable homes, superior schools and “that something special that makes it a great place to live.” And though there are a number of things that help make Westfield, a city of nearly 37,000, a great place to live, one of the more recent rising stars is its evolving culinary scene. Case in point, Italian House on Park. Nestled in a thriving neighborhood where people are literally buying up properties to renovate and make new again, this Italian eatery is gaining a solid reputation for good food, and good wine.

Located on the same street as two other local favorite—Chiba, where you can get some of the best sushi in the Midwest and Rail, a true farm-to-table restaurant—Italian House is never without a crowd and never without some delicious seafood offerings.

The Food

My favorite (no surprise) is the frutti di mare … tons and tons of shellfish in a spicy tomato-based sauce. Perfection! But I also love the pettini di mare (scallops) with dill sauce, served over baby vegetables and the calamari is exactly how it should be—great flavor, crispy, but not greasy. I haven’t had the seafood fettuccine, but people rave about it … that, and the spaghetti with meatballs, of course.

Bottom line: Chef Cordero and his culinary creations have this neighborhood restaurant hoppin’! I mean hey, he did win a Culinary Fight Club competition last year. Go visit Italian House on Park in Westfield, but make sure you get reservations because the word is out!! Great food. Great atmosphere. Enjoy. BONUS: Learn how you can make the pettini di mare seen here, courtesy Chef Cordero, originally published on

Coming up NEXT on the blog … perfect oven-baked salmon and lobster thermidor.

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So my blog, Seafood is The New Black, is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. And over on Seafood in the Circle City, you can read up on my favorite Indianapolis restaurants that serve seafood, and serve it well. As you read along, you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—and some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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