So last week was my son's birthday, he is five, and a very picky eater (as many five year olds are), one thing he does eat and love is pizza. So we decided to take him to The Dogwood in JP, as his love of pizza and only pizza makes picking places to eat hard to do, as the wife and I are kind of getting a little sick of pizza by this time, so we wanted someplace that had other things on their menu, as well as pizza for the kiddo.
We order our apps, and my sons pie, and request that the pizza come out first, with our apps (most places know to serve children first, or at least any restaraunt I have worked at did), 10 minutes later out comes our apps, and no pizza! My little guy (as they have no filter at this age) blurts out "where's the pizza??!!??", and our server informs us that the pizza guy just put it in the oven now, and should only be 10 or 12 minutes out.....WTF? On top of that, while the apps were good (friend calamari, RI style, cooked to tender crispiness, no complaints there, and their broccoli cheddar poppers), both my wifes entree and mine were really subpar (I barely touched mine), I had the gorgonzola and chicken pasta and to be honest I forget what my wife got, but do know she didn't like it. In the end, the bill was almost $100!!! I paid it, and tipped, but I won't be coming back, I felt ripped off. On top of that, due to the rush job on the clearly forgotten kids pizza, it was undercooked and the little man didn't eat it. Total bummer.
Flash forward to the end of the week, and we are taking him out again with his grandparents. We decide to meet someplace in between where we both live, us in Roslindale, them in Scituate...so I decided we meet at the Venetian in Weymouth (I grew up in Weymouth, and we would go here often in the 70's, and the pizza is a very fond memory of my own childhood). What a different dining experience this was.
The Venetian, for those who don't know, is not some place that's trying to be fancy, or put on airs....it's just old school red sauce italian and pizza (think The Pleasant in Rozzie), and boy was it good. we got two apps (fried ravioli, just ok, and their antipasto...which is just a really nice green salad with some colecuts and peperoncini...nothing too fancy, but just good) . We got two large pizzas, one cheese one mushroom pepper and onion, and 2 drinks (beer, wine, ice tea) per adult and a root beer for the boy, and the bill didn't even crack $80!!!!
Bottom line, I don't think I like the Dogwood anymore, and think it's time I added the Venetian back into my rotation....a real blast from the past!