Not only does Pompilio’s offer delicious Italian food for customers, it also holds a great deal of history within its walls.

“We [were] started in 1933 by two Italian immigrants that came over here a little bit before,” says Larry Geiger, partner of Pompilio’s. “They were looking to serve the recipes that they brought from Italy and that they made within their family.”

The restaurant has made the most out of those family recipes. “We serve a lot of the same dishes. The sauce is still the original recipe,” says Geiger. “We do have that traditional Italian American cuisine that was very popular back when.”

Pompilio’s has a lot of favorites on its menu, but one comes before the rest. “Going over our most popular items first and foremost is our spaghetti and meatballs,” says Geiger. “That screams Italian.”

Next on the list is the Italian sampler, which includes lasagna, meat and cheese ravioli, eggplant, sausage and a meatball.

Rounding out the top three is the lasagna.

If you’re not looking to go out to eat but still want the taste of Pompilio’s, the restaurant’s sauce is sold in stores. 

“Around 10 years ago we were approached by a local producer that purchases tomatoes throughout Kentucky, and he expressed that he would like to make our sauce,” Geiger says. “We got along with the Kentucky Proud program,” a program that encourages people to eat local.

Pompilio’s started with just a few stores, but now its sauces can be found in over 250 locations, including Kroger, Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme and Jungle Jim’s.

“We have also expanded to five sauces with marinara being our flagship,” says Geiger. The sauces available for purchase include Marinara Classico, Bolognese, Marinara Robusto, Puttanesca and Butternut Squash.

In addition to this, Pompilio’s also caters events. The restaurant is a full-service catering company that specializes in Italian buffets, small and large pans, boxed lunches and appetizer platters. From rehearsal dinners, work gatherings, work luncheons, school functions and government functions, Pompilio’s has you covered.

Another extra perk that Pompilio’s offers is its Bocce Club.

“We do have two Bocce courts in the back,” says Geiger. “It’s a traditional Italian game. We do host a league that stretches from May to October.”

Pompilio’s also hosts block parties and bourbon and wine tastings a few times each year. M-Th 11 a.m.-10 p.m., F-Sa 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Su 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. 600 Washington Ave., Newport. 859-581-3065,

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