There is a saying that goes, "some things get better with age." This does NOT apply to Solaia.
It is completely incomprehensible how this restaurant is still in business.
I have been there at least ten (10) times, always swearing it will be my last. Shame on me, I guess.
Overall, it is a very pleasant looking place. A little "Jersey chic" for my taste, but very warm and inviting. Do not be fooled!
The menu contains a large number of interesting sounding Italian and Italian-influenced dishes. From my experiences, they vary from mediocre to lousy. The only constant throughout the menu is the high price.
My experiences include, but are not limited to:
-paying for a $130.00 tab (for two people who are not big drinkers) with two $100.00 bills, and the waiter not bringing us change. He must be used to getting 65% tips. After about 15 minutes of him not returning with change, and the restaurant was basically empty, we had to get the manager. Then it took another 10 minutes for the waiter to bring the change, and he had a definite attitude. Seriously, I am embellishing this one bit, I honestly believe he though he was getting a $70.00 tip on a $130.00 tab.
-going in for lunch one day with the Mrs., and were the only people in the restaurant. We were given a two-top hard up against the entrance to the kitchen, basically the worst table in the place. We then asked to be moved they gave us such a hard time we left. The place was completely empty!
-went in for dinner one night with the Mrs. and the food was absolutely horrific. My wife ordered penne a la vodka, and it really seemed to be boxed pasta with sauce from a jar. And they were pretty miserly with the portions too.
-went in for dinner one night with a few friends (the Mrs. refuses to go), and every single entree we ordered was lousy, at best. One "special" from the menu smelled so bad that the people at the surrounding tables were complaining. It was only after a serious argument between our party and the surrounding tables on one side, and the seemingly never present waiter and manager on the other that they agreed to remove it and take it off the bill. Then they "forgot" to remove it from the bill, and it took another twenty minutes for them to correct their "mistake."
Save your money. There is a Wendy's two blocks down Palisades Avenue that is haute cuisine compared to the offal this place passes off as food. And the service at Wendy's is five star compared to this place.
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