This was our first visit to this restaurant. We love italian food, having lived and travelled extensively in this country. We had read the reviews given here, but were prepared to try it. After all how hard is it to cook a decent bowl of pasta?
Certainly the name is italian, dishes have been given italian names, they serve italian wine, that is the only connection to Italy we found!
The first thing to notice on sitting at the table is paper tablecloths? Shocking, given this is meant to be a "restaurant" and the high end prices charged.
Service was fine for us, and no complaints on that score. The Sangiovese wine was acceptable and we were looking forward to our meal! I am confining my comments on the food to what I had, but everyone was disappointed. (Our friends have an italian sister in law so well used to authentic dishes)
So to the food! My pasta looked perfect and my heart soared! Wrong, the garlic was burnt and that acrid taste was vile. I could not eat it, and it was taken away, but there was no time to cook another, before the mains. I was very hungry by this time and asked for more bread. What came was little off cuts like you would feed the ducks with!
So onto the main event, capesante in Italy is scallops in their shell with garlic oil and chilli, their version of Coquille Saint-Jacques. The menu said this one had spinach and cream with garlic? I was not prepared for a plate of mostly cream, scallops which showed no sign of being cooked and in the midst of it a large green ball. On closer inspection this was the spinach, as it is when taken from a frozen bag, no longer frozen but none the less quite disgusting! Most of it went back to the kitchen.
As I am writing this I am thinking that no chef anywhere would allow such food to leave his kitchen. So was the chef ill and someone not trained was "having a go"?
All in all not an experience to repeat and not how we had envisaged spending our anniversary.
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