November 29, 2014
|Grilled chicken wings w salt & pepper - 2|
J's comment > truly the only item that was more than lukewarm of everything we ordered; flavor was passable, overcooked for sure though
|Mushroom soup - 2|
J's comment > hardly any cream, this was purely just mushroom; again, served @ room temp ?!!?! Even soup?!
|Meatballs: Campagna farm raised beef served w tomato sauce, grana padano, served w bread - 1|
J's comment > meatballs were much too firm; sauce passable
|Taglietelle Bolognaise: Campagna farm raised beef, red wine, tomato sauce, basil, grana padano - 1|
J's comment > pasta slightly overcooked; beef tasted like the stuff straight out of the can; could have used a lot more cheese
|Lasagna Al Forno: Pasta sheets layered w a rich ragu of beef, red wine, tomato, bechamel, cheese - 1|
J's comment > non-existent amt of beef; pasta woefully overcooked; needed a lot more sauce; didn't get the wine at all
|Alberto's Pizza: Extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella cheese, spicy italian sausage, rapini, ricotta cheese - 1|
J's comment > thin crust that was hard as a rock; practically a cold pizza; needs a lot more cheese
|Vegeterian Pizza: Olive oil, roasted garlic, mozzarella, grilled zucchini, roasted peppers, mushrooms, arugula, shaved grana padano - 1|
J's comment > same comments as above
|Calamari: Golden fried calamari, red onion, parsley, shallot yogurt - 1|
J's comment > batter was for looks only; mushy and bland
|Spaghetti Carbonara: Smoked pancetta, soffrito, white wine, free range egg, grana padano - 1|
J's comment > overcooked pasta; tasted like vomit
|New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale - 2|
J's comment > easy to drink, not hoppy beer
|Deschutes Brewery: Jubelale - 2|
J's comment > hoppy
Extra Comment / Rant
We went as part of a large party of about 30 to 40 people and as such broke up into smaller tables. As we didn't opt for the set menu, we had to wait for a whole hour after our order was taken to be served. It would have been tolerable if the food actually measured up, but as noted above, every single dish was either cold or lukewarm except for the wings.
Also, despite the advance notice of our large party coming in, we were provided with only one server for the entire party, with the occasional busser who came to assist in dropping off food. Water had to asked for several times over if you were lucky enough to see the server on the floor; as we were the ONLY party there the entire night, it was amazing where the server was disappearing off to constantly.
Oh, and there is also the mandatory 18% tip included in your bill that you might or might not have been told about when you go up to pay.
Labels: east hastings, italian