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Pina's Bistro review

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Pina's Bistro review

kevin | Sep 11, 2002 08:46 PM

Just went for lunch there and the cafe is a cute little place. Named after Pina, the chef, who also has three daughters that work there if I'm not mistaken. The atmosphere is mini-mall, although on the inside there is that piped-in Italian music playing and framed photographs and statues from the old company. Menu looks like almost any other red-sauce Italian in town, except the prices are a little on the high side. And there is a special's blackboard with more exotic and interesting items, some veering from the red-sauce Italian school of cooking. From previous posts and according to the menu, everything is created fresh from the "best ingredients" and made to order. Anyways, I ordered from the menu (I felt like an old standby) and chose the egglant parmigiana meal which came with a little dinner salad which was quite good, and some bread that was kind of on the bland side. But the eggplant dish itself just wasn't that good, the cheese seemed a little rubbery, the sauce a little too watery, and the flavors didn't mesh together too well. I wasn't tasting any fresh, wonderful flavors, was in the mood for Italian comfort but didn't really receive it. And at 11 bucks for the dish that doesn't make me too happy. The prices are way high, given that the dish was so pedestrian. but then again maybe i ordered incorrectly. Maybe I should have stuck to the Neopalitan pizzas. But I still mustered by the gumption to order dessert. And that was the savior of the whole meal. The tiramisu was in one word: excellent. Definitely in the very top of the tiramisus I ever had. If the other desserts are half as good, it might just be a place to stay away from the food and use as a dessert place where someone can just relax over an espresso and a slice of cake. Anyways, should I try it again for the food. Anything I should definitely go for besides those desserts and what else should I stay away from. As stated before, that dessert saved the meal along with the homey atmosphere and pina's attractive, waitress daughter.

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