I didn't even know this restaurant was there until I saw one of the local coupon books that are left for free in different locations around town. This restaurant is located in the new Posner Center in Davenport Florida right off of I-4. You can tell it's geared toward tourists and vacationers in a strip mall. I went today on a Tuesday(08-21-12) at noon. I was expecting a wait. Instead there was no one there. Hum, red flag? A very pleasant, clean young lady was a hostess/waitress and said to sit anywhere I'd like and she took my drink order. Someone should tell the "chef" and the kitchen staff that a non busy front of the house and a bored kitchen makes for very loud conversations that can be heard by all. Even though the "all" was just me. The restaurant seemed to be clean but, the floors could have used a sweeping. They were tile, shouldn't be too hard to do. Older looking tables with a few scratches and a thick coating of shellac on them made them tacky. Sticky I mean. The booth I sat in was nice and clean but the bench seating had a loose long pillow on it that did nothing for cushion and it slid. I had went online to look at their menu beforehand so I knew I wanted to try the veal parm right off since very few restaurants carry it anymore. While I was waiting I looked over the wine menu. Nice, small. Could keep you busy I guess. A bottle of average wine called Mezzacorona that you can get for 12 bucks for the large 1.5L at your local grocery will cost you a cool 19 here for the 750 ML. and/or 5 bucks a glass.
What you order is exactly what you get at this place. My Coke came in a plastic glass, the silverware was the cheap thin kind that always looks water spotted. The surprise came when the waitress brought the Italian bread with garlic infused olive oil for dipping. (what ever happened to garlic bread?) The oil was excellent and the bread dense and good tasting. No salad. That would have been extra I guess. The plate/entree came with a nice mound of al dente fettuccine with Lots of olive oil drizzled over the top. I hope you like olive oil. The veal parm appeared to be breaded there but as you chew the meat you can almost hear the graininess of the fiber of it. Kind of odd don't you think? The sauce was nothing to write home about. Not much flavor but never fear the ever present and lazy in my opinion, mozzarella cheese was melted over the top to cover the lack of flavor in the sauce. I don't really think this was worth the $16.50 it costs but again, I was in the house of tourist not far from the mouses house. (Disney World) After eating half I ordered a Tiramisu. Wish I could tell you it was fabulous. I can't. A little 3-4 inch square of the dessert was in the center of a plate that was big enough for a whole cake and it was swimming in what I'm assuming was supposed to be coffee or instead of coffee liqueur. If it was made in house they need to fire the patissier or baker cause this was no where near worth $6.50. So for one person my lunch was $26.74 don't forget to add on the 5 buck tip. It's not the waitresses fault the food was at best average. I will give it one more chance. The old two strikes theory. Or just enough rope to... well you know the saying. It's up to you if you're feeling adventurous enough to try the place. Good luck.
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