Had a truly awful meal at Lento's Park Slope location Friday night, with service to match. We ordered the fresh mozzarella with red peppers app, Penne with Sausage and a cheese pizza. Waiter said they no longer carried wine by the bottle, but "we have everything" which meant in the case of red wine: merlot, cab, chianti and a montepulciano. My wife ordered the montepulciano, I ordered Anchor Steam. After 15 minutes when our drinks had yet to arrive in a hlf empty restaurant, I was finally able to flag down the waiter, who gave us a half bored look and went off to the bar, only to inform us that there was no montepulciano. My wife ordered a chianti and it finnaly arrived along with an Anchor Steam that had been sitting iin the line way too long. The appetizer arrived, at which point we asked for bread. The mozzarella was tired and dry, the peppers the cheap canned variety that tasted like mushy vinegar strips. Penne was overcooked, the sauce ok but way to salty and the sausage, while they use a fine purveyor had a hard crust that indicated it had obviously been sitting around for a day or more. Well I figured they couldn't screw up the pizza, it's their signature dish,... wrong. The crust was nice and thin, bit lukewarm, the sauce tasteless and the cheese rubbery.
Park Slope has never been as good as the Bay Ridge original location, but the pizza was always a pretty close approximation. I hope this doesn't mean Bay Ridge has slipped as well.