After hearing good things for years, a few of us went to Regalo's for dinner last week. There was a sign explaining that it was under new ownership. We figured we'd give them the benefit of the doubt, given positive reviews in the last few months.
The tomato-mozzarella salad as an app was nothing great. Pinkish tomato and soft but slightly mealy mozzarella. Okay but no better than what you'd get at a decent pizzeria.
The caesar salad seemed to involve Sysco croutons. The dressing was the usual creamy garlic thing with a tube of anchovy paste waved over it.
Which made the entrees surprising: they were all very good. The mushroom ravioli got raves. I loved my salty, tangy penne puttanesca. The penne alla vodka was solid, and the lobster fra diavlo had a good balance of sweet, hot and briny.
Service was as it should be: friendly and helpful, but never intrusive.
Is this the way it's always been, with all the energy going into pastas, meats and sauces, or should the salads have been better?