My wife and I drove an hour and a half to go to Conte's 1894 Restaurant. Be prepared for the unexpected. Opened at 5 and usually sell out by 7 7:30. Menu is on the board when you walk in. Hostess?? explains the menu and you place your order at that time on a piece of scratch paper. CASH ONLY!! Newspapers are strewn on the tables in place of table cloths. Meals are served in old pie plates. We were clueless about the type of bread, however it was great and didn't care much about it's kind. We both had 1/2 lobsters with shrimp and scallops. There must have been a dozen of both shrimp and scallops. All is served over a bed of pasta. The wife had a marinara sauce on hers and I had an olive oil garlic mixture. I thought that we were going to get a ton of pasta and little bit of seafood as is most of the cases when we've dined out So,so,so,so,so wrong!! Our first though about the taste of our dinners was bland. However when we began to scrutinize more carefully everything was just perfect. The sauces were perfect. Most places have sauces that hid the flavor of the food, at Conte's all flavors are very well balanced and you taste of the seafood pops!!! To describe the exact experience is actually impossible because it is as personal as your own choice of meal. My wife's glass of wine was like a third of a bottle of wine, large. Nothing fancy about Conte's. The amount of food is more than plentiful. Actually almost everyone takes home a zip lock bag (yup that's what I said)of their leftovers. Ask about the story of the zip lock bag versus the Styrofoam container. Fifty bucks for two meals that could be easily divided for two more people or take home for a second treat. If your looking for a place that is very elegant, not going to happen at Conte's. If you want to dine on the best prepared Italian seafood in the area Conte's is your place. We are going to return soon because Conte's is well worth the hour and a half/three hour round trip trip.
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