This is a nice-looking restaurant that serves up generous portions of carb-a-licious Italian food at medium-high prices. They make their own pasta here, and then have the gall to charge you extra for it. How times change, eh? Well, ok, I'll grudgingly swallow the surcharge for the fresh pasta. The service was pretty decent; friendly and prompt. The facility was clean. However, the food displayed inconsistent quality and expertise.
Our party of six ordered the Italian Sampler, which was a little bit over-fried (too crispy), but still within the boundaries of thumbs-up tasty. The Caesar salad I ordered was decent and flavorful (though missing anchovies), and they used what appeared to be good quality Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
I then ordered the saltimbocca, which was unnaturally drenched in butter. The entire dish was literally swimming in butter. I have never had that experience with a saltimbocca in all my life. Did it taste good? Yeah, sure. But for a chef, this is cheating. I couldn't help suspect this was a technique being used to cover up for the fact that the chef didn't know how to make an actual saltimbocca, without using "butter soup" as a crutch. The butter overwhelmed the entire dish, and I didn't get much sage flavor (not to mention, who wants to eat a soggy veal cutlet?)
I should add that I did taste another party member's pasta with meatballs and marinara, and I found their sauce to be quite good.
Then came the dessert, which incidentally, they advertise in a showy display case right when you walk in the door. Unfortunately, this was the worst course of all. We ordered a couple pieces of tiramisu, which was downright awful. It was sour and tangy. Having clearly gone bad, it possessed flavors that tiramisu is just not supposed to possess. We sent it back; what a letdown. The server's attempt at reparation, the "chocolate tiramisu cake", was not an adequate substitute, as it contained none of the light creamy goodness that we were after in our tiramisu. It was taken off the bill, but really, what I wanted was to not end my meal with that horrible sour taste in my mouth.
Overall, I didn't have a pleasant enough experience here to go back without some kind of incentive to do so, such as a gift certificate and an assurance that the food consistency will be better next time. Barring that, I see no reason to take my restaurant dollars back here. It's too bad, because it seems like it could be a great place, if you're lucky enough to get good quality and good consistency. II just don't see myself being willing to gamble another dinner on that, any time soon.
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