Three nights in Stowe and very, very disappointed by the quality of food, lack of choices and generally rude attitudes.
Night one was La Festa on 108. Absolutely tasteless Italian food: veal Marsala, "home made" (Not!) ravioli
and another pasta with a totally unseasoned marinara sauce. All this with one of the cheapest bottles of wine on the list for $100+.
Night two was a thorough disaster at Olives, waiting five minutes for someone to even appear at the maitre d' station, and then being offered a table in the bar area, with a lovely view of the rear ends of two people at the bar. This because a table in a nicer area of the reataurant needed to be set.
Finally getting that table, we waited 15 minutes for our inept waiter to tell us they were out of the wine we ordered. We ordered another bottle, and then had an OK calamari salad, a single chicken breast in a gloppy pepper and chourico sauce, and inedible, stale swordfish that tasted and smelled liked dry salt cod fish. (we sent this back and left) This was all in a place that charges $3.50 for "extra" bread. Extra beyond what?
Night three was an OK pizza at Pie in the Sky, again involving a table negotiation with an unbelieveably rude woman at the cash register.
It's a shame that such a lovely area has nothing but overpriced, over reaching joints. No, we didn't go to Michael's or Blue Moon, but I was really hoping that there would be some real good places that were sub-$100 for dinner, and there just weren't.
A tourist trap dining scene.