We went to eat at Nino's at my husband's suggestion. We have friends who live in Clinton and Husband remembered eating at Nino's old location and liking it. I was game: good food, good friends and a great location...what could be better?
Everything else, actually. A ham and egg sandwiche would have been preferable.
I started off with a tricolore salad: radicchio, endive and arugula is the classic combination. Not at Nono's! What I got was arugula with some red and white cabbage. I was not happy but held out hope for the main course. Nope! Not to be. The rigatoni with sausage, peas and light pink sauce was what I read on the menu. What I got was overcooked pasta (seriously?!) with kielbasa (no fennel, of course) and frozen peas (they were crunchy and cold.) This really bothers me. Italian meals are easy to prepare and, when it comes to ingredients, cheap. The majority of the cost is the labor and rent, so it makes no sense to save a dollar or two and provide such subpar meals. And there were exactly 8 slices of "sausage" in the huge bowl of glutenous rigatoni.
Alas, dessert was no better. The apple pie was heated in the microwave, rendering the crust aboslutely soft and mushy and coagulated under the apple filling that had fallen apart while the slice was being zapped.
What a shame. I had such high hopes but walked out disappointed. On the bright side, since it was a BYOB, it was not nearly as big a rip-off as it could have been. I will go back, once more, because everyone deservesa second chance...perhaps they were having a bad night? One can hope. But if you're not the generous type and expect to get what the menu promises, skip this place go to a diner. You won't be disappointed.
In the interest of fairness I must confess that I didn't complain to the staff as we--husband and I--were not alone and I didn't want to make the rest of the party uncomfortable. perhaps next time--shoudl the perforamnce be the same--I'll raise the issue with the staff and see where that gets me.
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