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“Highly recommended” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Taste of Italy at the Avalon - CLOSED

Taste of Italy at the Avalon
613 1st Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102 (Formerly Stella's)
(701) 365-0608
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Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Fargo, ND
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30 restaurant reviews
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“Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We had dinner at Taste of Italy last night. We had eaten there on occasion since the new own took over from Stella's and then moved the restaurant across the street. Each time it seemed better and last night we agreed it is now one of the best in FM area. We had the duck special with a risotto, and the Airline chicken with a different risotto. Both were delicious. Wine list is acceptable, though I think it be nice to see it expanded. The prices are quite reasonable -- one can easily get an entree under $15 -- and the service was good. It appears that the current executive chef is helping to really turn things around. We already look forward to going there again and will certainly be taking friends there.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Fargo, North Dakota
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“GREAT”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

This is not the first time I've visited TOI. The food is great, the services is pleasant and the atmosphere is very relaxed.

Visited August 2012
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“So disappointed!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012 via mobile

The word "disappointed" is an understatement. I have always enjoyed Stella's, but when they moved and changed the name...everything else changed too. To begin with, there is no sign or direction in the lobby of the Avalon to tell the patron where the restaurant is located. It's up on the third floor, but if other clients hadn't come along at precisely the same time we were attempting to figure out the location, we would have assumed it was closed, and dined elsewhere (which, in retrospect, would have been a better idea).

The bread was good. Everything else was a disaster, food-wise. From a large chicken bone in the fettuccine (begging for a broken tooth and/or a lawsuit) to heaps of vinegar in the bruschetta--to say we were disappointed is an understatement.

Don't waste your money or time here. Yuck.

    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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“What a wonderful find”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

My husband and I were staying near 13th ave but wanted to try something different so had come to Tast of Italy based on previous Trip Advisor ratings. This was a real nice place to eat; the restaurant is part of an old building where seating is in different rooms. Lovely decor. I had the Airline Chicken with risotto; this was delicous. The risotto was nice and cheesy creamy. My husband had the lasagna which he said was good. I think he was eying my chicken! Definately a nice place to check out

Visited August 2012
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Fargo, ND
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23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful soup and salad!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Lunch here was great. One of the best tomato basil soups! Cesaer salad was lightly dressed with an enormous amount of Greek olives, tomatoes and shaved parmesan. Generous basket of fresh bread. Just started opening for lunch so it wasn't crowded. Definately will be back to try dinner!

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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