My husband and I decided to give Prides a try last night. Unfortunately, the air conditioning was not really working so after about 20 minutes in the 80 degree temps we were a bit damp with perspiration. The manager (?) was a wee bit arrogant about the situation and when he was asked by the bartender to give someone a call, he firmly stated that they were in yesterday and it was as good as it was going to get!
We decided to tough it out for a bit and each ordered a drink. I ordered a glass of Chianti ($10.00) which clearly had been sitting opened too long...a very sharp vinegar taste. My husband ordered a Blue Moon beer which was almost flat. They did offer to change my wine but the only other Chianti was $15.00 for a glass....
We decided to try the pizza which was a small foccacia dough with an amazing cheese, capers, olives and a bit of red sauce. The taste was really wonderful but was not cooked enough. A bit doughy....and not at all crisp. We would have liked to try the pasta and pesto but by then we were melting and a bit dissappointed.
We may give them another try at some point but our immediate thoughts are that the menu is limited (although authentic), most of it changes daily, the atmosphere could use some warmth (having been patrons of Harry's 240, we realize the new owners invested a fair amt of money in renovations), the staff were young and somewhat inexperienced, the Manager a wee bit arrogant, and the prices were pretty high for Rantoul Street.
We both have fairly sophisticated palates and have eaten in some of the finest restaurants locally and in Europe, Asia, and the Islands. We are not food snobs but do enjoy really wonderful food. I think they have the potential to be really excellent but the dots are not lining up at this point in time.
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