We were headed through on the end of a day's road trip. Travelling with 7 and 3 year old girls. The menu prices were comparative to Olive Garden- but no awesome bread sticks or salad (don't get me wrong, I am not promoting OG as fine Italian Cuisine. I'm just using it as a recognizable bench mark). The starter was some cold the shelf bread. We ordered Fettucini Alfredo from the "light portions" menu and added chicken for the kids. It was just the right amount of food for them to share. Husband ordered Tomatoe & Basil linguini. I could tell by looking the tomatoes were canned. I didn't try the dish, but hubs said I have made better. He said the pasta was perfectly cooked, but there was no sauciness to it at all- just a little oil and the juice from the canned tomatoes and jarred minced garlic. Really? For $16.95, we expected some love. BUT! The minestrone soup was decent, he said.
The girl's alfredo was rich and creamy and good. Just good. Not $11.99 good. They simply grilled (as in kitchen grill, not BBQ) the chicken, cut it and mixed it in. Nothing special.
My pizza was actually the highlight. The crust was light and the ingredients seemed fresher than the other dishes.
My husband and I aren't small people- but we're not fatties either and the booth was way too small. We couldn't even have our menus open at the same time as we sat across from each other because one would cover up the other. Not kidding. And it was DARK in there. Oh.., and while the fresh flowers on the table were a nice touch, the brownish/yellow water in the vase was pretty gross.
So- the meh food, combined with the super cramped and cheesy atmosphere... equals a "poor" rating. Make the seats more comfortable and pay the power bill and I would have given them an "average". If you're hungry in Sutherlin, do fast food and save your $ for Heaven on Earth, a little farther South, or excellent Italian food at Mazzi's in Eugene, a little farther North.
Oh- and the bill was $39.56 for 1 entre, a mini pizza, a dish off the "light portions" menu, 1 glass of wine and a soda. So, really- we're used to spending $40 to go out for dinner- but that's for QUALITY.
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