We had heard such good things about Semolinas both in the paper and on this board that my husband and I tried a recent Friday night. My, what an interesting experience.
I wish I could relate the story, but it would be much too long, so here's the condensed version.
Ordering wine was an bad adventure. When we tried to order from the wine list, our waitress told us that she didn't know what wine was available by the glass, but that she would have the bartender pick something. The wine we got--supposedly a pinot grigio--was awful, probably worse than box wine. To top it off, the waitress couldn't remember which wine it was, so we couldn't avoid it if wanted another glass. I was forced to have a mixed drink with dinner.
The appetizers were the best part of the meal. My husband's minestrone soup had a pretty tasty broth and chock full of veggies. I got a nondescript caeser salad.
The service was mediocre, although to be fair she did say she was new. Besides the wine fiasco, our waitress was not to be found for a long stretch between our apps and entrees and also left us drinkless during this time (on a Friday night even!). But she tried to be warm and friendly.
My husband got a chicken, bacon, and mushroom dish over pasta in a marsala-like sauce. The chicken was slightly overcooked. The pasta was not homemade. All-in-all, nothing to write home about.
I got the pizza margarita that people liked. Perhaps it had something to do with the long wait between the apps and entrees, but it was both soggy and pretty flavorless. Too much cheese, and to be honest, the tomatoes and basil seemed like they were from the Safeway across the street. I was quite unimpressed.
They also seem to have a staff problem. Our new waitress also told us that the morning bartender did not show up to work, and that the bar was in disarray.
In short, I know that they are trying to be an moderately-priced Italian in an expensive location, but I'd much rather eat at Pavarottis that I tried a couple of weeks ago. Our dinner came to $75 with tip, which is not that much less than Pavarottis.