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Filippi's Pizza Grotto Italian Dressing

Re: Filippi's Pizza Grotto
From: O.J.
Date: 12/29/2023, 2:26 PM
To: Phaedrus 

On 12/29/2023 10:19 AM, O.J. wrote:

Hello Phaedrus,

I am looking for the recipe for the italian dressing used on the 
antipasto salad from filippi's pizza grotto.

Thank you sir.


Hello O.J.,

I did not find anything that was a verified authentic recipe from Filippi's Pizza Grotto, but I did find the below recipe that claims to be from Filippi's restaurant and even mentions the antipasto salad. The recipe has no provenance other than its own claims. The url looks incomplete, and attempts to back-trace it yield only "404" error messages. The Internet Archive has no record of it. I'd call it an "orphan page."

But it's just a recipe, so it can't hurt to try it. Go for it.

As a general rule, chain restaurants with multiple locations make things like dressings at a central commissary or else they have an outside vendor make them. They usually don't make such things a the local restaurant. This is the way they ensure consistency among their different locations. It means, however, that no one but the commissary or the vendor knows anything about the recipe. Also, there does not appear to be a "copycat" recipe for this dressing.


 Filippis Salad Dressing Recipe

 If you are looking for a delicious and easy salad dressing recipe, you might want to try the filippis 
salad dressing. Filippis is a family-owned Italian restaurant chain that has been serving authentic 
dishes since 1950. One of their signature items is their antipasto salad, which is topped with a tangy 
and flavorful dressing. In this article, we will show you how to make your own filippis salad dressing 
at home with simple ingredients.


1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup vegetable oil


In a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar, lemon juice, oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Gradually whisk in the oil until well combined.
Transfer the dressing to a jar with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate until ready to use.
Shake well before serving over your favorite salad greens.

Tips and Variations

You can adjust the amount of vinegar and lemon juice to suit your taste preferences. 
Some people like a more acidic dressing, while others prefer a milder one. 
You can also add some grated Parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese to the dressing for extra flavor 
and texture.
If you want to make a creamy version of the filippis salad dressing, you can blend in some mayonnaise 
or sour cream to the mixture.
You can use this dressing not only for salads, but also for marinating chicken, fish, or vegetables for 
grilling or roasting.