Restaurants & Bars 7

Saratoga's Hollywood

pilches | Mar 9, 2008 03:55 PM

Well, once again we tried a "new" restaurant in Downtown Hollywood and walked away disappointed. Saratoga's is probably open for about two months and they were very busy last night. The room is very nicely decorated and when full very loud. The menu is a little confusing with some dishes served family style while others were not. There were four of us so we shared a family portion of mussels. The broth was quite good, but the mussels were pretty small. Next we shared a chopped salad, which was overdressed and just fair. For dinner our friends shared a shrimp dish and we shared the chicken scarpariello. The shrimp dish came out and with six shrimp on the plate (all alone I might add) and didn't seem too sharable. You would have thought the waitperson would have told them that. My husband loves chicken scarpariello so usually whenever it's available that's what we get. I will say there was plenty of it (enought for the friends to have some), but it was probably the worst rendition I've ever had. I know it's a peasant dish and there is a no "authentic" recipe, but this was truly strange. The chicken was on the bone (a good thing), but the dish was completely dry. The sausage wasn't really Italian style sausage and the only other accompaniment to the dish was potatoes and brocolli. Not a pepperoncini or mushroom or onion or sliver of garlic to be found. Anyway with three cocktails and one glass of wine the bill came to $140 before the tip. We keep hoping for good things in Hollywood but it just doesn't seem to happen. We would love to support small, privately owned restaurants, but they just don't give us much to work with.

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