Small Business Spotlight: Tuscan Italian Grill finds creative solutions

Editor’s note: The governor’s mandatory shut-downs and restrictions make life more stressful for most of us. Small business owners and their employees are especially feeling the pinch.

“Small businesses are going through an unprecedented crisis due to this global pandemic. We are in a position to help and do our small part so when this crisis ends there are jobs and businesses to have and go back to,” commented Chad Harrison, Director of Operations and Marketing for Womack Publishing Company (the Altavista Journal’s parent company).

In recognition of the important role small businesses play in our communities, the Altavista Journal will be featuring various local businesses in the coming weeks.


 “We’re trying to help each other through the community. That’s what’s happening now,” said Amine El Alami, co-owner of The Tuscan Italian Grill on Dearing Ford Road in Altavista. His wife, Jessica El Alami, is co-owner with him. The couple met in 1998 while working at another restaurant. At that time, Jessica’s great-uncle, the late Rudy Burgess, was mayor of Altavista.

The married couple opened their restaurant, The Tuscan Italian Grill, in 2015. It was a dream they shared. Amine said his favorite thing about owning a restaurant is creating something for customers to make them feel appreciated, then seeing their impression of that.

With the exception of March 23, Amine and his employees have been serving the community during the pandemic since March 19. A limited, special menu is available. The restaurant has created some family meal deals available at the curbside of the restaurant as well as by delivery within a five-mile or ten-minute distance.

Specials currently available include spaghetti, homemade lasagna, chicken alfredo (broccoli by request), blackened chicken pasta, fettucini carbonara, and also sandwich trays and pizzas.

All pastas include a salad and garlic bread. Deals for four servings are $25.99; for six servings $36.99, and for ten servings are $45.99.

The sandwich trays are steak, chicken, ham, turkey or club served with lettuce, tomato, chips, and pickles. For three to four servings the cost is $16, and for five to six servings the cost is $26. A large, 16-inch pizza (12 slices) with two toppings is $20, which also includes tossed salad and bread.

Updates to hours and food items available are on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Customers should type in “The Tuscan Italian Grill, Altavista, VA” to find the page.