Cosi Cucina used to be my mom's favorite restaurant. When I saw a Groupon deal for this restaurant I pounced on it as a way to celebrate her birthday. However, when I told her that we wanted to take her out to Cosi Cucina she frowned and said they had changed the menu and she didn't like it any more because it was too spicy, but she would tough it out so we could still use our voucher. This reaction made me nervous so I went online to read some recent reviews, and was troubled by what I read - they did not sound like the restaurant we used to frequent and enjoy. Nonetheless I was very hopeful that our experience would exceed my expectations based on those reviews ... but actually it was worse than I thought it would be.
We were a party of 8. We were seated in 2 rows of 4 facing each other which made it difficult for our whole family to talk as one (because it was very noisy and hard to hear over the din). We were given tasty bread to enjoy while perusing the menu and ordering, and that was probably the high point of the experience.
Our waiter was awkward. He was trying too hard to be humorous and was at times too attentive versus other times when he was nowhere to be found, and sometimes made us feel a little uncomfortable. We ordered the roasted garlic appetizer and when he brought it to us he squished the garlic cloves out of the bulb while holding it in a napkin instead of letting us pick the cloves out ourselves. This appetizer was tasty, though my sister felt the garlic didn't taste that fresh and was not as pleased with it as I was.
The waiter was very kind to my mom and made sure to accommodate the customization she made to her entree. But for the most part we were all unhappy with how our food turned out. My niece ordered a calzone, and found that the thicker parts of the crust were still doughy/undercooked. My husband ordered the classic Italy dish and he felt that the sauce was too watery, and there was too much of it. I ordered the minestrone and the mozzarella salad. I was honestly unsure of what soup I actually received because the broth was creamier than a minestrone usually is, and there were no noodles. It was basically a semi-creamy broth with a bunch of indiscriminate mushy vegetables that were difficult to identify. My salad was also disappointing - it had a weird smell and the mozzarella, though described on the menu as fresh/house-made, did not taste or smell fresh.
I don't know that we will ever come back to this restaurant after this experience.
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