DIS A POINTMENT! - First, to all that rate this restaurant as the "best ever". WTF?? Have you never dined at a true Italian restaurant? Now, the good, bad, and just plain uneducated.
The GOOD- The dining layout is 'white linen' which is nice, considering that when you walk up to the place you have the initial impression that Montecatini's is a pizzeria (the front window looks directly into the kitchen). I dined on a Sunday evening, and there were only four other tables with patrons, so I cannot comment on the noise level. But, reading other's reviews I believe that it is an issue. We were greeted nicely by our host, and obviously seated immediately. The menu is controlled, which is actually a good thing. They aren't trying to be all things to all people. The overall food selections are good.
Ok, done with the Good part.
The BAD- I had the minestrone soup, which is either your standard canned variety, OR it has been sitting for a few days. Mushy, and sparse on the vegetables, and overly salty broth. Then I had the 'highly recommended' veal parmesiana. This was served with vegetables (again overcooked and mushy), and a penne pasta side. The breading on the veal was nicely prepared, and the veal itself properly prepared, as was the penne. BUT, everything including my vegetables and the penne was completely drowned in a tomato cream sauce that was very salty and absolutely inappropriate for a veal parmesiana. It ruined what could have been a good veal. NOTE: veal parmesiana is never served with a cream sauce of any kind. My dining partner ordered the 'house' salad and veal saltimbocca. The salad came dismantled, meaning that he had to cut the quarter head of lettuce, slice the other items and put the salad together on his plate. ??? The veal saltimbocca arrived in the same condition as my veal parmesiana, drowned in sauce, and much too salty.
The UNEDUCATED - our server kept talking (and talking) about how she has been a server for over 10 years. . . yet, she was slow (remember there are only 4 tables with patrons), unprofessional (waay too talkative about herself), and how long does it take to retrieve a glass of wine from an empty bar? It took her 10 minutes to come back with the glass of wine and also a 'sample' glass of a Zinfandel she thought we would like. She kept commenting on how she felt we would like the Zin, "since you seem to really love the Cab" (Cabernet). . . problem is, we were drinking a sangiovese. . . not a Cabernet. . . Point made here.
Montecatini's goes in my file as "Don't go back". I almost want to call Chef Gordon Ramsey on this one. So much potential, yet so lost in translation.
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