I was not surprised that Abbodante follows the current restaurant trend of covering tables with large sheets of butcher paper. Not a problem at all. My antenna should have gone up when our table was covered with an obviously previously used sheet. Grease stains, wrinkles from the elbows of earlier diners.
The two of us had a total of 3 drinks. Two salads. We shared their self-proclaimed "famous garlic monkey bread” - greasy. For our entrees, lasagna and chicken piccata. Including tip, we got out for about $120. Our experience can best be described by my wife’s remark: “That was a lot of money for a crappy meal.”
The lasagna: We get better at our local take-our pizza joints at home – but it was OK. The chicken piccata: At best, uninspired. I have never had chicken piccata with anything but breast cutlets. I got a small half of a breast (skin on) and a drumlet. Both were charred on the grill and served lukewarm. The flavor of the piccata sauce was marginal to start but then completely overwhelmed by the mis-prepared and inappropriate chicken pieces. The char on the chicken pieces dominated all other flavors. The side of linguine was dried at the edges from too much time in the warming station. The sauce reminded me of my mother’s sauce. This is not a complement. She heated up Hunt’s tomato sauce for spaghetti. No cheese offered for the entrees.
On the positive side, our server was attentive and welcoming (although I had to ask twice for a refill). The front desk seemed less than delighted to see us – they were obviously just doing it by the numbers.
Definitely not a return destination.
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