We chose to celebrate Mother’s Day the night before – my wife and I, daughter and son-in-law and my wife’s parents. It was the first time for all of us to eat here. The place has a very unassuming exterior and quaint on the inside. The place seats maybe 100. Unlike most chains – with soaring ceilings, their ceiling is similar in height to your house and painted brown, but that adds to the cozy appeal. Called ahead and were able to be seated within a few minutes of everyone arriving. They have real tablecloths that are changed after each sitting, but paper napkins.
If I were reviewing based on the entrées it would definitely been a 5. The beginning and end of the meal brought it down to a 4. The house salad, served on a typical salad plate, consisted of basically spring mix greens which are limp by their very nature – room temp – finely chopped tomatoes, feta cheese sprinkles and a couple olives. The Greek salad was similar. The house made dressing may have been really good if there had been enough to really taste it. As small and sparse as the salad was, it would have been better with more dressing and a little crunch. The house made bread and herb butter was great and disappeared fast. Before bragging on the entrées, I want to fast forward to the dessert. We ordered 3 – chocolate chip cannoli, strawberry cheesecake and tiramisu’. Each dessert is $6 – which is a little much for what you get. They were all good – and I understand the cheesecake is a super-secret family recipe – but we were underwhelmed. Both the cannoli and tiramisu’ had chocolate syrup drizzles – too obviously Hershey’s chocolate syrup. They really need to develop their own chocolate sauce. For $6, you get one cannoli and not a very big one. The cheesecake was good, but it had more of a pie texture – and again the serving size was somewhat lacking for the price. Even though we shared, they really were not a sharable size.
Everyone absolutely loved their entrees. Well, except one that got one of the specials of the night – the Wahoo. It had a strong fish taste and since he had never had it, didn’t realize if it was supposed to be that way or not. Son-in-law had the huge pork chop with eggplant and gravy over risotto - proclaimed it excellent. My daughter’s meal, which also happened to be the cheapest on the dinner menu, was considered by all as the best. She got the Penne Alla Vodka and added chicken ($4 extra). Other meals ordered were Cheese Lasagna with an added chicken side ($4 extra). Chicken Marsala with vegetables and I order a veal dish with eggplant, cheese, mushrooms and angel hair pasta in marinara per the server’s suggestion – just can’t remember the name. It was similar in content to the Pollo Ripieno.
My wife and her family are “sharers”. By that I mean they want everyone at the table to try what they chose. So the first few minutes of dinner there are forks and plates crisscrossing the table reaching for the proffered meal sample. It took me a while to get used to this and I am still usually the last one to offer up my food – not that I’m selfish – it just takes me a minute. I thought once they were going to ask the table behind us if they want to try something. While I am not a wine expert, they seemed to have a good selection and the house wines are reasonable at $5.50 a pour.
After liking their Facebook page, I received a notice that this past Tuesday, the pizza and calzone was 2 for 1 carryout. We ordered just regular 2 item pizzas with tomato sauce - ham with mushroom and onion with green pepper. There again, underwhelmed. Good pizza – just not great pizza. REALLY glad it was 2 for 1! The regular sauce was just a little bland for my tastes – but someone else may love it. It was also under cooked. The cheese had no browning and it was really soggy in the middle and the crust stuck to the box. This may have been because of the special and they were busy and rushed it as the ingredients were haphazardly strewn across the pie to the point that there were at least one or two slices of cheese pizza in each box. I intend to try one of their specialty pizzas. I have a feeling that is where they will really shine.
Definitely love this place and would recommend it to anyone. I plan on being back again and again and again…OH! They have a lunch buffet Monday – Friday that is $7.99 – and that includes salad and drink!
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