This was my first time at this restaurant and it seemed like I was in a scene from one of those restaurant reality shows. Let's start from the beginning... The front of the restaurant featured an A frame menu board with menu items and prices, good so far, at least I might know what I'm getting and how much it's going to cost. Once I sat down I noticed right away that all the prices were higher on the menu. I pointed it out to the server and she said something like "sorry everything cost more so we had to raise our prices". Well that's too bad for me, given that I expected to be charged the price on the reader board. And in poor form she didn't offer to charge me the listed price. About 10 minutes later the manager scurried outside and removed the menu board. There was only about 20 people in the restaurant at the time, so to correct it properly might have cost them $20. I'm sure other people noticed.
I ordered the $20 Veal Parmigiana with Penne Pasta figuring that can't be messed up too badly and maybe I would be surprised. When it showed up in front of me (very quickly I might add) I was presented with the typical Veal Parm dish with a large slab of Veal sitting on top of a generous portion of Penne Pasta. The only problem was that the pasta was absolutely drowning in Marinara sauce, a somewhat acidic sauce that permeated the penne pasta. It looked like they scooped out a pile of pasta from a batch of pasta that had been sitting in sauce for some time. You know what I'm talking about, the kind you get in a buffet line. Shortly after I received the main course the bread finally showed up on my table, a little late for me. I was not impressed with the bread as well, It was just OK, kinda like grocery store rolls sliced up.
The restaurant was well staffed with people that mainly meandered around talking to each other to keep from being bored. I even saw one of the servers leaning against the wall watching TV. It was news about the pope so maybe I'm being a little harsh. All in all, the place looked nice but the food was less than mediocre and service was the same. Maybe I caught them on a bad night, but I doubt that I'll be back. Not quite the delightful experience I had the day before at the Blue Ridge Grill, another restaurant a few doors down in the same shopping center.
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