Back when The Woodlands was young I imagine that Amerigo's was "the place" to go...or at least one of "the places" to go. It still gives the appearance of such a restaurant...nicely appointed, jolly, well-dressed people at most all the tables...but as first-timers here we found this to be a place that only regulars could love.
The food tries to be special...seafood, pasta and meat dishes all sound great on the menu, boasting of sophisticated ingredients but the food disappoints. A salad of "crisp-fried" artichoke hearts and "crispy" goat cheese rounds did in fact have those ingredients, but they didn't really stand out like they should at a fine restaurant. A filet of snapper encrusted in angel hair pasta, pan-fried and served with a sauce of some type was good, but too-cheesy and heavy. The Veal Piccata was, as advertised by the waiter, very tender and tasty...but other than that it was average...the veal medallions were shriveled and puckered.
Service was very spotty. Our waiter, probably has worked there for several years, was pleasant enough...but then ignored us for long stretches of time while attending to a large party near us of what appeared to be regular patrons. He was handling the pouring of our wine but after waiting for ten minutes with empty glasses I reached over to get the bottle from the ice bucket to pour the last two glasses. He returned, after we had consumed the last of the wine and eaten our entrees, pulled the now empty bottle and looked puzzled as if he didn't remember emptying it for us.
Finally, when he offered us dessert my partner commented that it was my birthday and he said "let me take care of that". I had seen the dessert tray on the way in and it looked very good, but instead of letting us pick something he returned with a candle in a some sort of tropical cream cake with "Happy Birthday" spelled in chocolate around the rim of the bowl. It was a very nice gesture...but why did he bring us that dessert ? I would never have ordered it...and for good reason as it wasn't very good. Oh, and the table of regulars were celebrating a birthday too and they were treated to what looked like a Tiramisu cake...something I would much have preferred.
Oh well...lesson learned. If you are going to try Amerigo's, go with someone who they know. If not, expect a very average evening.
Oh...and the bread we were served was mostly stale...
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