Under new ownership, Pete's has been cleaned up and spiffed up, and (attempted) to go fancier and more upscale.
On a Tuesday night, we had the place almost to ourselves. We were immediately seated. The tables are well decorated, wich is undermined by the fact that every table has a paper tablecloth. Yes, paper. Like a backwoods dive bar.
Off the doublesided menu boards, we started with tomato bruschetta. (It also may be served with beets instead). It was very tasty, except the balsamic reduction was applied with a heavy hand, drenching the more subtle flavors of the ingredients.
Salads are $1.50 extra. A "small" salad is as big as a regular salad at any other place. I passed on the salad because they only had three choices for dressing. Very odd.
You can't go wrong on the entree side. I went with the veal parmesan, my wife with the chicken parmesan. Both were very large pieces of tender meat served over pasta, and the sauce was both spicy and sweet. Both of us had plenty to take home. Meals are served with a fresh baked loaf of bread. Very good. The waiter also brings out some flavorless dipping oil. Pass on that.
Our waiter was very friendly and helpful, but seemed put out when I asked if I could substitute for the rigatoni pasta with another kind. I just happen to abhor rigatoni.
The bill came to about $53. We would definately go back to Petes,, but I miss the more family atmosphere it used to have.
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