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Horrible meal at Andiamo, Sacramento

beanbag | Mar 27, 200509:28 AM

We'd driven by this restaurant a million times and finally decided to give it a try despite having heard nothing about it. Now I know why. It was one of the worst restaurant meals I can remember, in almost every respect. The food: just awful. For me, an overcooked piece of halibut with some under-cooked prawns -- it came topped with a gummy sauce that added insult to injury. My companion's pasta dish sounded tasty on the menu(penne pasta with chicken, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes, spinach, pinenuts, garlic and crushed red pepper). What arrived was what he called the blandest thing he'd ever eaten in a restaurant. The pasta was so overcooked it was falling apart. The "sauce" was nothing more than chicken broth, which would have been fine if it had any flavor, but this didn't. The chicken was overcooked, and there were about 2 sundried tomato pieces on the whole plate. The pasta was just swimming in the broth-sauce in a most unappetizing way. It was just terrible in every respect.

The service was not much better than the food. Our first interaction with our waiter was when he slumped over our table, sighed deeply, and said exhaustedly, "So have you had enough time with the menu?"

The place was pretty crowded on a Saturday night so obviously this place doesn't hurt for business. It's nice that people are supporting a long-time locally owned enterprise in this chain-dominated town... but this is a case where the Olive Garden (or Pizza Hut!) would probably be a better choice.

Luckily, we enjoyed the rest of our evening with a play at the B Street Theater, which is a wonderful place.

3145 Folsom Blvd,

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