Cutillo’s Restaurant is located in the beautiful village of Sanatoga, PA, just east of Pottstown. Cutillo’s Restaurant overlooks the Sanatoga Creek and has a rich heritage in western Montgomery County. Sanatoga is located between Pottstown and Limerick, Pennsylvania.
In the late 1700s, there were at least four hotels in Lower Pottsgrove, the eastern suburb of Pottstown, PA: The Crooked Hill Tavern, The Pleasant View Hotel, The Ringing Hill Hotel and Long View. The Crooked Hill Tavern was opened about 1770 with the Bosserts, members of a family prominent in the affairs of the area since before the Revolution. The Tavern became a favorite stopping place for the large six-horse and mule teams on the route between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Major John Andre, adjutant General of the British forces, once spent a week here as a prisoner while on route to New York. He was hanged on October 2, 1780.
Crooked Hill Tavern was a regular stop for exchange of horses in the journey between Philadelphia and Reading during the 1800s. It was a favorite stopping place for passengers aboard the stages. On January 15, 1890, Crooked Hill became Sanatoga. Some believe Sanatoga is an Indian name for "crooked hill". Some believe it means "swift stony stream". The Crooked Hill Tavern name was changed to Sanatoga Inn. In the early 1900's, Sanatoga Inn was the gateway to the Sanatoga Village and the Pottstown area and also the exciting Sanatoga Park. The trolley that served the park stopped at the Inn on its way to and from Pottstown.
In 1948, the Sanatoga Inn was purchased by Louis and Anna Cutillo. At the time it consisted of a hotel with rooms, a bar, a dining room and a barn. The Inn became locally famous for Anna's homemade pastas and sauces. Many of her recipes are still being used today.
In 1971, the basement of the hotel was transformed into a discotheque called the Lion's Den. It was a popular dance club and attracted dancers from miles around. In 1972, twenty-seven efficiency apartments were constructed along the side and rear of the existing hotel. They were built to accommodate the influx of out-of-town construction workers that helped build Limerick 1 and 2. A portion, approximately 25 feet wide by 60 feet long, was left as an open deck for future construction.
In 1975, parents and some of their children built a restaurant with two walls of glass overlooking Sanatoga Creek was erected on the open deck. The name was changed from Sanatoga Inn to Cutillo's Restaurant, its present name. The corner bar was then remodeled and was called The Beef and Beer.
In 1982, the Lion's Den was remodeled and the name changed to Huckleberries. Huckleberries was the hot spot of the 1980s. At its peak, people would stand outside waiting for someone to come out so they would be able to go in. In 1990, Cutillo's added a take-out kitchen to help meet the fast-paced needs of the 90s. It is now possible to pick up a good dinner for the family and while you're waiting, have a drink and some conversation in the lounge.
In 1993, Louis and Anna transferred the business to their three youngest children, Marianne, John and Paul, knowing that they would continue to carry on the tradition of high-quality service and good food that was started so many years ago.
In 1999, due to popular demand, Cutillos designated the main dining room as non-smoking. In 2001, Cutillos expanded the lounge to include table seating overlooking the stream. It has the feel and look of being outside, but is in a temperature-controlled environment.
Although the Lion's Den, Huckleberries, The Beef and Beer, and the old corner bar are no longer with us, many memories are. On behalf of all of the past and present owners and staff of Cutillo’s Restaurant, we thank all of our past and present guests, friends, and staff for those memories, and we look forward to making new ones.
Cutillo’s Restaurant offers lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner Tuesday through Sunday, Take out Tuesday through Sunday, on and off premise catering and corporate delivery. The Creekside lounge is open 6 days a week and features entertainment and good times. Don't miss our harpist, Nora McGinnis, appearing in our dining room every Friday and Saturday night.