We used to love this place. My boyfriend claims that L'aroma is the only place that does bruschetta properly. We were always served by the same waiter, who was lovely and very attentive. But we went at the end of July and something has changed, we suspect that the restaurant may be under new management.
We like to sit in the back of the restaurant and, as it happens, those tables sit below a speaker. During our last visit, they began playing the most awful music from the 70s. Not restful, not what I want to listen to while I eat. It was blaring and abrasive, and another couple a few tables away also expressed their displeasure to us - 'It's it awful?!' We considered leaving before we'd even ordered but instead my boyfriend asked them to turn it off. They agreed to turn it down, but when our waitress came over she said 'You are right bellow the speaker, do you want to move?' Surely the music shouldn't be off-putting no matter where one sits in the restaurant.
Anyway, bad start to the meal.
I don't remember what I had for a starter - enough said. My boyfriend had the bruschetta, as he always does, and he commented that the tomatoes didn't taste the same. He wonders if they've changed suppliers too.
I ordered the lasagne for main, which I have to say was disgusting. I would reiterate that we have had nice meals here before, so I'm sad writing this but I just don't know what's happened. Regards my lasagne, the pasta was so soft that I could mash it against the side of my plate like mashed potato. Not good. I ate two mouthfuls and it was just like biting through a flavourless mass with no texture. I suspect it has been pre-cooked and reheated in the microwave. It didn't make for pleasant eating and we didn't stay for dessert.
In all fairness, when I sent back the lasagne the staff were very apologetic and attentive. I had a pizza instead. I would mention that when we ordered some water with our meal, as we always do because my partner is teetotal, our waitress said 'Aaaawww, you don't want any wine?', 'No', 'Awww, okay.' I don't mind being up-sold to but this was weird and slightly patronising.