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“one of oswegos italian restaurants”

Canale's Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 90 Restaurants in Oswego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza, Bar
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Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed July 11, 2012

this place is usually busy but I havent been crazy over their food. Alot of people are though.Service was fine. some parking nearby but the main parking is across the street It is handicapped accessible.

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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Canale's has been around since well before I was a child. In the past, the food was delicious, the portions were perfect, everything was cooked well, and always tasted fresh. A lot of people who live around here say "Canale's is the best" because that is all they know or they know the family. I personally do not care, and I will most certainly not censor myself, but something has been changing over the past 1 1/2 years at Canale's...which, having enough experience eating there, now prevents me from saying that it is the 'best italian food in Oswego'. Their "most-popular" 'fixed' sauce has been a repeat offender.

I have had Canale's at least six or seven times so far this year, and tonight I felt like comfort food - linguini with their 'fixed' sauce and a couple of meatballs.

I remember about two years ago (and as far back as I can remember), their 'fixed' sauce was full of tomato flavor, the parmesean and romano cheeses, the garlic, the onion, the basil, the oregano, and the creamy butter all stood apart, yet danced in your mouth in total harmony.

The 'fixed' sauce now tastes creamy (literally as if cream were added), not much of a tomato flavor, the sauce was orange, not thick, hearty, and rich the way it used to be. Tastes more like a cheese saucse with a hint of tomato - like a mass-manufactured sauce you get out of a can of Chef Boy R Dee.

I believe they are 'mass-producing' their sauces now - and to test this theory, I bought a jar of 'fixed' sauce to try it at home. Just a spoonful did the trick, and the rest went in the trash - I was eating the same thing they are serving at their restaurants.

Don't get me wrong - service was excellent, their timing in delivery was excellent, that has never changed, but $12 for a one person serving of linguini and meatballs with their current 'fixed' sauce? In my opinion, Canale's has lost it's true passion for cooking and good food. If it is italian food you crave, look elsewhere - there are competitors in town, and their food is a darn sight better than what Canale's is serving the general public now...

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2  Thank NiNzOmBiE2012
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

Looking for authentic Italina food? Go to Canales. Their sauce is "famous" in Oswego. Great servcie, great food.

Thank Bonnie48345
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

We love Canale's. Although, when making a reservation for a particular time and actually sitting at your table.....well, if you reserve for 7:00pm, you had better be prepared to wait for almost an hour,and will (most times) be seated an hour after you "check in", but the food is worth it.

Thank Nasjb88
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

This restaurant has been around for a long time. Great salad. Good pasta and steak dishes.

1  Thank Path276
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