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Sarabella..... Italian in Forest Hills... review of dinner

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Sarabella..... Italian in Forest Hills... review of dinner

Chcago Mike | Mar 20, 2004 02:36 PM

Last week we were on our way to La Vigna when, passing Sarabella, decided to try it instead. Sarabella had come up on a recent Forest Hills thread so why not check it out.

The complimentary bruschetta was soggy, had to hold the bread carefully so it didn't "wilt" and allow ingredients to flop off.

Calamari appetizer.. they only serve fried. Was very lightly battered (nice). Served with a marinara in gravy bowl. The sauce just needs some zip to it... very very mild. Dashes of tobasco help alot. Overall the calamari was very well fried but the accompanying sauce didn't cut it.

Mussels appetizer... just steamed mussels. Advertised as coming in some red or white sauce, it was just a very small amt. of sauce at bottle of the bowl filled with mussels in the shell. Overall pretty tasteless except for the briny mussels.

Ravioli... a cheese ravioli served drenched in the same marinara as the calamari... very bland stringy cheese and of course little flavor from the sauce.

Tiramisu dessert... The cake itself was passable, very nice creamy texture but as GF noted, lacked much frangelico. Inexplicably served with red raspberry sauce a few scattered chocolate chips.

Drinks were great: margarita and apple martini for the GF, I sipped a bit of hers.

Service was inattentive.... and we found it pricey overall for what we received, let alone the quality.

This might be a good venue for groups of older folks looking for very mild food... several such tables were around us. Also has outstanding collection of baseball paintings and memorabilia, alot signed by famous players.

No hurry to return.

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