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Piledggi's in Kingston (NE PA)

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Piledggi's in Kingston (NE PA)

Mosca | Feb 9, 2003 11:10 AM

Eh. There's lots better.

First, the entire restaurant allows smoking, and it's small, so even requesting a table away from the smokers is pointless.

Service is slow, very slow. Our waitress seemed as if she'd been there since the 70s, and she has the "going through the motions" attitude of someone who's done the same thing for the same people over and over. I don't know if regulars get better service; maybe so. The feeling ran through the entire dining room, though.

I could understand slow service if the food is complicated and freshly prepared, but it's not. The bread is supermarket Italian. The salads are meager iceberg lettuce offerings with a small tomato wedge and cucumber slice. The Italian stuffed mushrooms were rubbery and oddly seasoned, like with horseradish.

My daughter's Delmonico steak was good: not frozen, but small (but also reasonable for $15). My wife's scallops were from frozen, and average.

I ordered an Italian sampler, and it was pretty decent, and HUGE, but it also had "issues".

It was listed as "bracchiole, sausage, meatball, and veal cutlet, with peppers and mushrooms".

I expected a frozen breaded veal cutlet, but I also expected the bracchiole to be interesting, and the sausage and meatballs to be distinctive. BUT. Piledggi's doesn't make the bracchiole anymore, and they substituted two small whole chicken breasts (on the bone, with rubbery skin) that were dry and absolutely awful. I had to remove them from the plate. The veal was as expected. The meatballs were decent, as was the sausage. The peppers and mushrooms in a dark red sauce were really good, and the linguini was properly firm, but in a different red sauce, lighter and less robust (but still pretty good, bay leaf and basil). As I said, if it had been half the size, it still would have been twice too much. But one quarter of it was inedible (the chicken).

The good parts of the meal were those red sauces. They weren't AWESOME, but they were "right".

The bill, for 3, with tax and drinks but before tip, $62. We skipped dessert, which advertised "homemade key lime pie" and others, but didn't indicate homemade on the premises, y'know?

Piledggi's is a neighborhood restaurant, with a regular clientele, and I honestly don't think they give one whit whether or not they get new people. You can comfortably skip this place and no one would care. If you are making a trip to NE PA, and want to eat one meal in this type of restaurant, I'd still recommend Pasquale's on the Sans Souci; it's friendlier, the food's several orders of magnitude better, and the price is the same.

Mosca

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