This review is for the recently opened Atria's in Pleasant Hills at the Bill Green Shopping Center.
Although we have never dined at any of the other Atria's restaurants at their other locations, we had high hopes for this restaurant. This was not necessarily due to any recommendations or reviews that we had received from either friends or family, but mainly because we were excited about the prospect of having another restaurant option nearby. However, after dining there this afternoon for lunch, we doubt that we will ever bother returning again.
My husband ordered the "Nonna's Sunday Pasta", and I ordered the "Chicken Marsala." We also both ordered a side salad, as well. First of all, the salad was very small, nothing to brag about, and certainly not worth the $3.50 each that we paid for it. Next, the portion of chicken in the Chicken Marsala was almost laughable, and although I realize that it was a luncheon portion, for $11.99, I think that they could have found a larger chicken breast than the one that was put on my plate. Most of all, though, the dish was tasteless and lacked any real flavor, which couldn't help make me wonder about the quality of the Marsala wine that was used in the sauce. It even had a slight aftertaste. Also, the quality of the sauce in Nonna's Sunday Pasta was also very mediocre, and here again, for the price of the dish, one would have expected a larger portion than what was served. Even the dinner rolls that accompanied our entree's were very tasteless and bland. Not only that, but the menu choices were very limited, as well.
Service was fine, but we apparently arrived at the restaurant when one of the servers was ready to finish her shift, so we were handed over to another server, who was certainly pleasant and accommodating enough, but she came to our table so many times that she actually started to become a bit annoying. I realize that it is better to have too much attention from a server, rather than too little, but just how many times do you have to tell someone that you have everything that you need.
Our tab for our meal was almost $37, plus the tip, which we both thought was rather excessive for lunch. However, if both the quality and the quantity of the food had been a lot better, then we wouldn't have felt so bad, but as it is, we truly felt as if we had thrown over $40 down the drain this afternoon. In conclusion, Atria's food certainly leaves a lot to be desired.
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