Bethlehem, PA (August 15, 2017) – Molinari’s restaurant isImage result for molinari's bethlehemthe first independently owned restaurant in the state of Pennsylvania to become REAL Certified®. REAL Certified is the nationally recognized mark of excellence for food and foodservice operators that have gone through a rigorous process to evaluate the healthfulness and sustainability of the food being served. By opening their operations to a REAL Registered Dietitian (RD), and passing certification, Molinari’s has ranked in the top tier of restaurants, nationwide, for excellence in holistic best practice.

“Not only does Molinari’s demonstrate best practice in their food preparation,” says Caesare Assad, COO of Eat REAL, “but they have enthusiastically implemented the Eat REAL recommended operational changes, which further exemplifies their commitment as leaders in food system change.”

Each letter in “REAL” stands correspondingly for “Responsible”, “Epicurean”, “Agricultural”, and “Leadership.” This means that Molinari’s goes above and beyond the REAL standards of nutrition, food preparation, and sourcing. Specifically, Molinari’s was recognized for their practice of scratch-cooking, using healthy non-GMO oils, sustainable ingredient sourcing, and seasonal menu options. Additionally, they source certified humane animal products and minimize their overall environmental impact through a series of waste management practices.

“Molinari’s has always strived to source as much as possible from local, sustainable sources,” said Fran Molinari, Owner of Molinari’s. “This accolade serves as an affirmation of these endeavors.”

Molinari’s contact:
Fran Molinari
Molinari Mangia LLC

Eat REAL contact:
Melissa Rouse
Manager of PR and Communications