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It’s a wonderful life ... in a new location

Popular eatery relocates behind bank By Caleb

POLSON — Life is even more wonderful for Mary Frances Caselli.

After more than two and a half years at 325 Main St., Caselli and her husband Gino recently moved their restaurant, Mrs. Wonderful’s, to the building behind First Interstate Bank in downtown Polson.

Caselli is excited about the move, which she said gives them more visibility, a nicer place and more onstreet parking.

The popular eatery offers organic, non-GMO food such as sandwiches, soups and salads made from scratch along with spices, specifically Caselli’s sea salt herb blends: Provence, Tuscan and Montana.

Mrs. Wonderful’s, which is known for its paninis and homemade Italian breads, plans to open for dinner Wednesday through Friday until 9 p.m. beginning Memorial Day weekend. Until then business hours are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily.

The dinner selections — which include pizzas by Gino and pastas by Mary Frances — will also be available for private parties on Saturday nights.

Caselli said she and her husband are planning to add an outdoor section that will enable the business to seat an additional 50 people.

The business serves organic coffee made with a French press and will soon begin selling beer and wine, she said.

The Polish-Italian Chicago native said she adds Polish specialties to the menu on occasion.

It’s obvious that she enjoys her job, and the business is a constant bustle with sauces, pastries and breads being made constantly.

The Casellis’ daughter, Diana Sheffield, also works at the restaurant along with baker Rachel Murphy and others.

Mrs. Wonderful’s purchases ingredients from several local farms and attracts customers from as far away as Whitefish and Missoula, said Mary Frances, who moved to the area in 2003 and began selling her sea salts and “Pane Rustico” Italian bread at farmers markets in Bigfork and Polson.

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