Went early last evening to what we were hoping would be a local Italian favorite, as posted by another hound. 6 of us went at 6:15, and the place had only 2 other occupied tables as it was early.
Service was almost non-existant... Except for seating us immediately, and reciting the specials before we all sat down, the server (owner?), was preoccupied with another table most of the time.
Salads, which are included with meal, are prepared in advance, so were served on cold plates with Italian dressing on all. Only 2 of us had starters, one the corn chowder special, the other the kale soup special. A ladle of each served in 1 gallon bowls (not kidding). Corn chowder was lumpy, not creamy, was probably cooking too long (at 6:15!). Kale soup was the opposite, almost watery, with a ton of different ingredients that had no time to simmer and blend.
Pasta, which by the restaurant's name should have been the strong suite, was overcooked on all six dishes. My pasta, the spicy shrimp served over penne, was so over cooked as to just fall apart on the fork.
Here is where it went really bad. They offered to honor my daughter's request for pasta carbonera, a non menu item. When the dish arrived it was an overcooked penne, with a heavy red sauce. My daughter said she ordered pasta carbonara, and was told that was pasta carbonera. He (owner?) went back to the kitchen, and announced that pasta carbonera was a red sauce. My daughter then told him the ingredients, and he said, 'oh, if you wanted a white sauce you should have told us'.
This restaurant is an embarassment to any city's food scene, and the fact they have a clientele that is happy with red sauce being dumped on overcooked pastas says something I guess.
Oh, the average price of an entree is upper teens, low twenties. For 6, the bill came to $162, for 2 starters (soup), six main courses, and 4 cokes. no desert, no coffee, and it is a BYOB.
May they go out of business... It has been a long time I have actually been angry with a food experience; most can just be laughed off.
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