I saw this restaurant advertised on Fox 11 Living with Amy and decided to give it a try due to Amy saying that they had great upper scale cuisine. When we first parked and saw the restaurant front, it was strange how they had a sign that was hanging like a banner....strange for an upper scale restaurant. I looked past it and walked inside to smell one of the strongest cat urine smells I have ever smelled. I should have walked out the door and ran, but instead decided to still give the restaurant a try. The interior was very unsatisfying and did not appeal to me at all. Brick walls, random small pictures on the walls, small bar with wine bottles all standing on the counter and French doors that lead to a back area that was undone and all messy. The bathrooms are also located behind the French doors which is strange why they don't have that side of the restaurant done up nicely for their customers. The chef/owner (Fortino) approached our table and asked what we were having for drinks but said it in a way that made you "think" it was on the house (I can't remember his exact words). I knew better and said I would have water and he rudely said "You cannot have water! What else would you like to drink?!" Again I told him water and he gave a rude smirk and walked away. A waiter delivered our waters and gave us the menus. OMG! OVERPRICED!!!!!!!!!! We almost died!! My favorite restaurant in the Appleton area is Carmella's Bistro, which is a little more expensive but SOOOOOO worth the price. At Carmella' you can get a superb scallop dinner for about $23 or so, here they were wanting $30! All of their steaks are $35 or more! We decided to go with the 5 course meal which was $38 because Fortino kept saying that he would make us a delicious meal we would never forget. Let's just say we left an hour later VERY HUNGRY. The 5 courses consisted of the following: #1--spring mix salad tossed in EVOO with candied orange pieces #2--tablespoon of goat cheese with marinara over the top #3--One piece of butterflied shrimp, pan fried, over a strange tasting fruit salad with a horribly spicy sauce that tasted awful #4--5 slices of New York Strip steak (with lots of fat) over garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus #5--2 tablespoons of cheesecake with raspberry and caramel sauce on the side All of this for $38????????? The amount of food they gave us was unbelievably small!!! I have to say the ONLY things appetizing were the goat cheese, mashed potatoes and cheesecake. VERY UNIMPRESSED I told the restaurant manager that I didn't enjoy them giving a horribly spicy dish as one of the courses because not everyone enjoys extremely spicy food and her answer was "let them know next time to not make yours spicy since you can't handle it because Fortino likes to cook with his spices" Terrible thing to say to your paying customers that pay $38 to eat at your restaurant!! She went on to say that it is too empty and they need more customers and to pass on the word about this restaurant. I WILL BE GLAD TO PASS THE WORD ON TO OTHER PEOPLE: PASS ON THIS RESTAURANT AND SPEND YOUR HARD EARNED MONEY ELSEWHERE
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