I've read some old posts on this board thinking it was a good recommendation to go there (Newest ones I found were around 2-3 years old). So I had dinner there tonight and it was an abdominal experience. The waitress we had was absolutely rude and inattentive and the food was some of the worst Italian I've ever had. I'm from the New York area, born and raised Italian, and worked at an Italian restaurant for 2 years. So I have a good sense of what "good"
Italian is. I started with stuffed mushrooms and garlic bread. The must of seasoned the bread with old bay, the spice used for seasoning crabs.. it was disgusting. The stuffing for the mushrooms tasted like ground beef topped with something I tasted in a crab cake. 7 bucks for 7 tiny mushrooms. I ordered chicken parm and broccoli rob, the mozzarella wasn't even melted fully on my chicken. The sauce, tasted like prego. It was sweet and tangy, and is currently giving me a stomach ache. Chicken was bland, and broccoli rabe was not properly sauteed in garlic or oil, it just tasted old. My girlfriend ordered a personal pizza and a side order of meatballs, I think the meatballs were the worst part. Tasted like chuck meat rolled into shit. The pizza was the only OK part of the meal, but their mozzarella tasted like polli-o cheese and the sauce and dough were still very cheap and had no resemblance to pizzeria tomato sauce. Worst Italian I can remember and I certainly am very stern against eating there. I think philly residents have their old memories of good food at these places and "settle" for the garbage it has become. I want to try Dante and Luigi's, I just hope they can make some Italian food.
1734 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148