You may know that The Links at Firestone Farms is a great golf course, but did you know they have a great buffet?
Manager, Debbie Skorich walked me through the banquet room which seats up to 300 hosting weddings, showers, banquets and holiday buffets. The room has a beautiful view with windows on two sides overlooking the golf course.
On Wednesday nights from 4 - 8PM, The Links has an Italian Night, all you can eat buffet and on Sunday they have an amazing brunch buffet.
I stopped in on a Wednesday, Italian night, and couldn't wait to see what they were serving. I started off with the soup and salads. The Broccoli Cheese soup was very good. A nice, thick, creamy cheese soup loaded with chopped broccoli. There were three different salads to choose from so I tried all three. My favorite was the Crunchy Pea Salad. Fresh cauliflower florets and peas tossed is a creamy dill dressing. It was light and refreshing. The tossed salad was fresh and colorful. Chopped romaine, fresh cucumber slices, red onion and grape tomatoes. The Italian dressing was excellent. The third salad was something I had never tried before. A Cucumber Carrot Salad. Shaved slices of cucumber and carrots dressed in a creamy dill dressing dotted with grape tomatoes. The vegetables were nice and crunchy and the dressing the perfect compliment.
Before heading down the line of domed chafing dishes, I wandered to the Pasta Station where I met Chef Brian Pieren standing behind a row of burners. You pretty much get to pick your ingredients and he creates a one-of-a-kind pasta dish to your liking. I was at his mercy and told him to surprise me and he did. I watched him toss fresh shrimp and onions into a saute pan. As the pan began to sizzle I became more hungry. He added chopped tomato and mushrooms, then stirred in a thick alfredo sauce. As it continued to heat, he added pasta, gave it a few flips and onto my plate steaming hot. The sauce was velvety smooth, the shrimp, veggies and pasta cooked perfectly. I love that this dish is made to order and it's heated very well. It's a fresh dish of pasta from the pan to your plate just the way you like it. There's ham, sausage, onions, mushrooms, tomato, bacon, shrimp, red sauce, alfredo sauce, with so many ingredients to choose from, you'll want to go back and try other combinations.
Onto plate number three. Hey it's a buffet. That's what you're supposed to do. I made my way down the line, lifting one lid after another, taking just a sampling of each dish.
The Lasagna looked wonderful. Lots of cheese, lots of sauce, and lots of meat. It tasted as good as it looked. I love ricotta cheese and there was just the right amount of it tucked between the pasta layers. It's also in the Stuffed Eggplant. Thin sliced eggplant rolled around ricotta then covered with sauce and cheese.
I was surprised to see Italian Pork and Garlic Mashed Potatoes. The pork was sliced thin then covered with an Italian herbed tomato sauce. This with the garlic mashed potatoes was a great pairing. The smashed potatoes had great garlic flavor, were nice and thick, and delicious. Add a side of the sauteed Zucchini and Yellow Squash and your meal is complete.
There's dessert. There's lots of desserts. I went right for the "fresh from the oven" Hot Apple Dumplings in a cinnamon sauce with Vanilla Ice Cream. These are really good. Piping hot crusty pillows oozing with cinnamon spiked apples. The hot pastry with the ice cold ice cream was amazing. These are a must have, but they also have several other desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. Today there was a tray of chocolate cupcakes, Suzy O Cake, Lemon Curd Layer Cake, Oreo Pie and more. I could only handle one more dessert so I went for the Oreo Pie. Good choice. Light and fluffy chocolate filling with specks of cookie crumbs on a chocolate cookie crust topped with whipped cream. Yummy.
For a middle of the week place to dine, The Links Italian Buffet on Wednesday night is a great, relaxing place to go where you'll find something for everyone. And it's all you can eat!