Last night was my first visit to Carbondale's Italian Village, aka IV's. When you come in, don't wait to be seated (oops). You walk up to the counter to place your order and then your number will be called over a loudspeaker. There was a sign on the register asking that patrons pay with cash because credit cards charge fees..blah blah..but cards are accepted but pay cash... confusing!!! I used my card, muahaha. I ordered the veggie pizza which came with broccoli, tomato, mushroom, green pepper and onion.
This place boasts that it's been around since 1960 and it shows! The salad bar is shaped like a boat and the booths are an ancient dark green. The real defining factor is the graffiti on the walls, and chairs and even the ceiling! For some reason, they let people wreck the place? Come on, are they trying to be a dive bar? Oh well - do as the locals do. Brandon did the honors:
A bonus is that IV's offers free soft serve ice cream for dessert. Brandon and I grabbed our cones and headed outside to enjoy the sunset.
After that we headed to Campus Lake at SIU for Moonlight Canoe. Free canoeing and paddle boating provided you can give them an SIU ID card. Check out our view: