Our family went for some "traditional Italian" food. The place looked the part, but that was the only part that was good about the experience. The salad bar was bowls of canned food...canned chic peas; canned beets; canned (maybe bottled) pickled cauliflower mix, etc. No spices or imagination used in the preparation or in the presentation. The most excitement was the macaroni surprise: we couldn't tell what was mixed in with it, so we didn't try it.
Dinner was tasteless. Two of us are vegetarian, so couldn't try the "homemade sauce"; and ended up with what tasted like ragu marinara dumped on our pasta. My husband didn't find the house sauce much more inspiring. My homemade manicotti noodle was limp, not al dente; and the filling was sweet, but not tasty. My son did better his first attempt at making this dish at home! Second time, though, he did far better than this.
Worse still was the wine. We went for the "special", supposedly a Banfi Cabernet/Sangiovese blend. I don't think Banfi or cabernet had anything to do with this glass...it was sweet and tasteless. The effect was kind of like ordering a good dry wine and sipping Manischewitz instead. I couldn't drink it.
When I complained about the wine, wondering if by chance I had been served something different than I ordered, I hit the lowest point of this restaurant. The waiter was rude, insulting my knowledge of wine, telling me I hadn't developed a taste for good wine--some people don't, he said. He said he couldn't take it back, because I had taken a sip (!!!!) and couldn't serve it to anyone else (!!!). Then, when he gave us the check, and I saw that he charged us for a beer we hadn't ordered, I suggested that he swap out the wine charge for the beer--and he said he couldn't possibly do that, and that no restaurant would. (I have had restaurants take a glass that was $12 or $18 and not to my taste and offer me something else "because your enjoyment of your meal is our first priority."--they offered without my asking. And THOSE were wines I would have finished, just didn't much care for!)--unlike this one!)
Needless to say, we won't be going back. Regulars may enjoy the "family style" of this place, but in MY family, we make tasty food and are civil to each other.
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