Article originally posted by the Stevens Point Journal
A new restaurant has moved in next to Skipp’s Bowling Center, offering a little something for everybody.
Octaviano’s Dine-In opened this month at 2300 Strongs Ave. Tavo Perez, who owns the business along with his fiancee, Connie Hernandez, is originally from Mexico. After 20 years of working in restaurants locally, Perez said he wanted to strike out on his own.
“My kids are getting older, and I wanted to set a good example for them by having a successful business,” said Perez, who’s full name is Octaviano.
The menu is an eclectic mix. The restaurant offers a variety of pizza choices, including a build-your-own option, with the most popular so far being two that use a taco sauce base. One version has taco meat, black olives, lettuce, cheese and topped with crumbled chips. Then there’s Octaviano’s Taco Pizza with pork carnitas, onions, tomatoes, black olives, and topped with sour cream.
Sandwiches include the prime rib melt and smoked chicken along with two meatball choices among others. There are calzones, a variety of appetizers and a selection of pasta dishes, with the most popular being the shrimp penne with jumbo shrimp, peppers and onions sauteed in a lemon butter sauce.
A “South of the Border” section of the menu offers tacos, burritos, taquitos and a chicken quesadilla. Cowboy Queso Dip includes chorizo, black beans, red and green peppers, and onions, while the Tex Mex Guacamole has chorizo, peppers and onions. Perez said a popular item has been the chicken enchilada cups, which is chicken and cheese in crispy wonton cups served with a cilantro crema.
The restaurant offers a fish fry on Fridays. A dessert of the day is available though not on the menu, and there is a children’s menu.
“Having lived and worked here for many years, I feel like I have a good idea about what people will like,” Perez said.
Amber Lenard, the restaurant’s manager, said Octaviano’s also has a delivery service.
“It’s nice with the (University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point) nearby, and I think we offer something a little different. I don’t think there’s a place that delivers tacos if you want them,” Lenard said.
Octaviano’s Dine-In is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information call 715-997-9052 or find the business on Facebook.