Mid-week visit on a whim. I cook a lot of Italian food, so we don't often go out for it.
Restaurant not crowded at all, yet we were still asked if we had a reservation, which seemed very out of place. However, we were quickly seated and warm Martiescello's was brought, happy about that as they are one of our preferred breads.
Service was very attentive, perhaps a little too much so, though given the extremes you can get in service I suppose I'd rather have it this way. Heard the long drinks and specials spiel, ordered, eggplant parm for me, chicken french for the wife, with the up-sell of frenched artichokes.
Salads came quickly, nothing exceptional either way, though to their credit their house italian doesn't contain balsamic (a peeve of mine). Meal came, large portions, but the mortal sin had been committed. The pasta is not tossed with sauce, it's served plain with the sauce over the top. I also am mostly certain that the eggplant is not made in house but provided by a food service. It was...ok...thick enough to actually taste eggplant, but there was something about it that didn't seem genuine. The artichokes were definitely canned, and while my wife liked her chicken, she would certainly not order the artichokes again.
The leftovers (I'm losing weight, eating much smaller portions. My EP actually provided three meals for me) were quickly and well packed, the check came, and we were done. The meal was reasonably priced, though that may have a lot to do with the perceived shortcuts with the eggplant and artichokes.
Rochester had many fine italian restaurants, and, in my opinion, many better options. While you will probably be content with this choice, you can certainly do better.
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