I want to like this place. I REALLY want to like it. The build out is beautiful. The Italian wood burning oven is one of a kind. The service help is plentiful and seemingly happy. The ever present owner clearly works hard and has put his heart and soul into the place.
The pizza? It's absolutely delicious and unique to the Cape. The ingredients are first rate. The crust has a nice flavorful chew with a slight char. The romaine salad had a wonderful house made Caesar dressing, with house made garlic ciabatta crouton and a high quality Parmesan.
So what's the problem? One shouldn't have to leave hungry after splitting a pizza ($15) and a salad ($8) for a lunch for two. Add in 2 sodas and a 20% tip and the bill is $34. For a tiny pizza. that is maybe 12". And the salad portion was downright insulting. The lettuce barely covered the bottom of a small oval plate. To call it a side salad would be an insult to side salads everywhere, but it's not a side salad. In fact, one could have supposedly made a meal of it by adding say, chicken, for an additional $4. Honestly, a four year old would go away hungry after that meal. We mentioned our displeasure to the waitress, who admitted the portion was tiny and promised to tell the owner of our displeasure. Her only answer to us to rectify our displeasure, however, was to ask if we wanted to order another one? I really can't comprehend the thinking. We're only talking lettuce here. It needed about three times the portion to be semi-reasonable. And the pizza is very good, just priced about 30% too high for what you get. It's not like there are no alternatives on Main Street. I'll stick with Palio's and Colombo's for now. Hopefully Barbone starts to "get it" or Main Street will see another vacancy in short order. Shame really. Just finished lunch about 30 minutes ago. Gotta run and go make a sandwich.
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