I have been to TAZZA on Clark Street three times . The first visit, for coffee and a scone was very nice. The second for a Panini and coffee was OK.
The third time we really struck out! We were three for an early dinner before a meeting this week. I am so sorry I suggested TAZZA. Everyone was disappointed,discontent, and a bit miffed.
The service was terrible. Very slow . We gave ourselves an hour and a half, but even with all that time, we were almost late to our meeting, only a few short blocks away.
The waitress and waiter were not trained, and barely spoke English. I don't see why this type of Cafe needs waiter service at all, especially if there is not enough help to cover the number of tables efficiently. Quite a few people got up and walked out after waiting too long without being served.
The food was very mediocre. The sandwiches and grilled Panini were overpriced and disappointing. Heavy, oily, and sloppily thrown together. The coffee was, however, excellent. The desserts were satisfactory. A nice Brownie, and a not too sweet Carrot Cake were pretty good, but not exceptional.
If the owners don't want to go the way of the previous tenants of this jinxed spot, they should really shape up. Staying open late, until 10pm doesn't make sense in our neighborhood. If the Menu doesn't have real dinner items, why would people go there at night?
The decor and atmosphere have no charm whatsoever. When the place is empty, the ambiance is rather cold and foreboding. Another nagative was the music.... loud and awful. Sounds bouncing off all those hard surfaces is really unpleasant to the ear.
One of the reasons we really like Clark Corner right next door is the classical music, with Opera Live from the Met on Saturday. Did you all know they make their Belgian Waffles with special flour from Belgium They are really delicious, especially extra crispy with fresh Strawberries and a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream.
The delicious coffee at TAZZA is certainly a plus, miles above Starbucks with its paper cups, but the food and service really need work.I hope they are up to it, because I think the place has possibilities.
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