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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! Rock Pasta, Tony's & Filippi's

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Pizza, Pizza, Pizza! Rock Pasta, Tony's & Filippi's

Shana | Feb 18, 2004 05:09 PM

In the last months I have gotten to eat at a few different pizza/pasta houses around the area, and I have a few comments:

Rock Pasta, Jefferson in downtown old Tacoma-when entering, our party of 5 followed in a party of 6, we were looked over and the party of 2 behind us were greeted first, bad sign! I kindly interjected that we were next because the place was getting crowded. We were sat within 5 or so minutes after the party of 2 who were behind us, I could have understood if there wasn't room to seat us, but there was. There are no reservations taken.

After seating us, our waiter was immediately at our table calling for drinks or appetizer orders if ready, he was very kind, I would say the best service I have had in awhile. He also helped us with the very detailed menu. It really seemed like all the staff was hustling and together!

Ok way to much hype on the pizza there--look below for the better pizza! I know, I know, the gourmet styles you can only usually find in Cali is a bonus but the crust for me is what makes the pizza, and to get pizza that has slightly burnt edges is not good--I honestly cannot say I was impressed with either of the two pizza‘s we had, the toppings are great, but if crust is an issue with you, I‘d skip the pie and go directly to the pasta, they have no dessert here. We all loved the pasta, everyone had a pasta dish, they were all great except my husbands who had a plain spicy meatball & marinara sauce. He stated the sauce was great but had more sauce then pasta. This was not the case for the rest of us. My pasta was supreme, I believe it was called the "oh my, oh my" or something very similar, with caramelized onions, very great peppered bacon, not skimpy at all, red pepper flake and a wonderfully prepared tasty white sauce, creamy, smooth, not to buttery, not to thick or thin, it was simply perfect, well seasoned!

I also tried my son's who had the pasta with mussels & shrimp! Wow the seafood was just the right amount, the sauce was again perfect for the dish, I couldn't place the flavors but they had the perfect mix of light herbs, butter, cream, pepper, & much more, maybe a tad of old bay, but not definite on that!

What I thought would be the case wasn't, I usually assume that when I go to a restaurant there is the same cream sauce used on everything, this just wasn't the case, from my dish to my sons, and moms, were all different! Very different, I was very surprised. My mom had a light cream sauce with chicken & broccoli and again it was pulled perfectly together! The sauces were very different in flavor, texture, & thickness. I praise the sauce cook, there were no short cuts taken here!

Oh before we started we did had the chipolte hot wings, and they were very delicious, a definite custom made wing, not the typical wings! As well, we had the sweet brown sugar & garlic bread slices, I can just tell you one basket is not enough! It is indeed addicting! The salads were good, nothing special but indeed had a little bit of everything on them and the dressings were good as well, I wouldn't really recommend the house raspberry walnut creme vinigeratte, I’ve had better. There is no complimentary anything. $110.00 for 5. No wine ordered.

Tony’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, Kitsap Way Bremerton-This is a great place, perfectly arranged Italian setting, genuine. And wow the pizza is perfect, a wonderfully homemade crust crispy on the bottom, not too thin & perfect crust to hang on to! The sauce for a red sauce is great, the toppings are all perfect. No skimping here! But the pizza should be complimentary to your meal unless your having more then one kind. Pizza great, stuffed green peppers were better then I've had in, well a very long time, since I cannot usually find them anywhere else! There is also great homemade complimentary bread, if you aren't careful you can get full fast because they have oil & excellent balsamic vinegar for dipping at all the tables. I ordered two roasted garlic's & alfredo sauce to go with the bread and it was great. The Alfredo was creamy and smooth, not to thin or thick. The eggplant parm is another story, YUCK, it isn't breaded, the dish was totally watery. Also the clam sauce, YUCK, it tasted as though it came right out of a can, an old can. I am not picky and couldn't stomach even more then 2 bites.

I would have to say the only negative is the size of the entree portions & service, depending on what night you go! Its usually very hard to get a waiters attention if you need something, always. Also when we sat it was very loud in back because of some very obnoxiously loud teenagers--spilling their drinks yelling etc... Our waiter didn't ever bring our drinks until the end of the meal, she also forgot to make our “to go” pizza for our son’s at home. My husband sat an additional half hour past our meal and waited for this to be done. The great thing, the owner kept walking by my husband, then finally asked if everything was alright, my husband explained our service issues and the eggplant issue, also the lack of the drinks & pizza, the owner said we’ll take care of this around the corner and said the meal was on him, we didn't have to pay for a thing, my husband offered and he said no, nothing! $25-$50 for 2-4 people. no wine ordered.

Filippi’s Grotto downtown Bremerton-To go order, the hostess, even though there was one table in the place was impatient, I looked all over the menu for an eggplant sub, none--this was ok and I asked if the eggplant was breaded, she said yes so I ordered the eggplant parm w the spaghetti. I asked if I could have alfredo on the spaghetti instead of red sauce and she said ok for $2.00 extra, I got it. I also ordered a large pepperoni pizza, and extra side of alfredo sauce. When getting to my car I opened the pizza, it looked great but looked thick. I took a bite of the crust and I bit into what tasted like “burnt”. I also unwrapped a large loaf of homemade white bread, it was crunchy on the outside and light and chewy on the inside, I’m sure it would be great on a sub, but it wasn't anything special, I dipped a piece into the alfredo sauce to discover it was lumpy, like the cream had separated, it was disgusting! And by time I took a bite of my pasta at home it was still hot, but there was no sauce, just cheese or cream chunk's all over my noodles.

The eggplant parm was very nice though I would order it again, the sauce wasn't overpowering and there was just enough of everything. The pizza I believe is still out in the garage fridge though, and that just dont happen at my house, not with a hubby & 14 & 17 yr old boys! The sauce tasted like there was wine in it, and for a pizza, this just wasn't good. The crust was way to thick, burnt & gummy. Oh and when I was leaving I seen this little insert that was an addition to the menu, it listed appetizers, an eggplant torpedo sub, etc.!!! I questioned the waiter about this insert and she said, “oh I always forget about that insert.” “Do you want me to change your order?”

I will not go back for anything there. $30

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