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Nunzio's Collinswood NJ - No Bells


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Nunzio's Collinswood NJ - No Bells

harshbeth | Oct 18, 2004 02:05 PM

Once again I find myself in complete disagreement with Craig LaBan & his review of a local establishment. He gave this place two bells (very good) & yet they failed to provide a good meal/dining experience on so many levels that I'm left to scratch my head & wonder "Is it me?"

Our party of four ordered three appetizers and a side order of cannelini beans and escarole to begin. The mozzarella caprese served with prosicutto was an adequate size and was the most succesful of the apps. The pear/gorgonzola salad was okay, and the bean/green combo needed a definite flavor boost.

As for entrees, Two specials were ordered, a swordfish with pine nuts and a filet with portabello mushroom and gorgonzola butter(both $28). The other mains were a chicken dish and gnocchi in a red sauce ($15-16). The gnocchi were good - nice & fluffy, not too heavy, but they were served in an absolutely flavorless red sauce. My filet was served medium rare (it was ordered medium) and came with two sides, both of which were cold & I don't think were meant to be presented that way. The meat had no seasoning whatsoever and there was no gorganzola butter - just a small slice of cheese laying on top of the mushroom which also had (really, I am not kidding) no flavor, just texture.

We would have complained to a server; however, once they dropped our plates we never saw anyone again until our main server came by to ask if we wanted dessert. No one came by to refill our water glasses, ask if we wanted another bottle of water, or if our entrees were okay. I have never felt so ignored in a restaurant.

Total price of meal without tip $133. And after discussion, the smallest tip we have ever left in a restaurant in the past 20 years.

Final note: I would have mentioned something to the hostesses if there had been anyone at the station on our way out, but they had also abandoned their post.

A truly abysmal food & service experience.

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