If you read my recent post about the delightful Susanna Foo’s restaurant on the Main line in Philly, you will recall I had another dinner experience that was not as enjoyable. And without saying too much negative, I will tell you this: Thank God they had multiple bread baskets on the tables.
Not everyone had the same experience as I did, but for the most post I think we all felt a little “meh” about it. And the reason we went there was because the person in charge had some great feedback about the place, so maybe it was a fluke night, but I can say pretty confidently I will not be returning.
The restaurant I’m talking about was San Nicola Trattoria, also on the Main line on Philly.
I started off with what I interpreted to be a salad, however was more of an antipasto platter (which was admittedly my fault):
Prosciutto con Rucola – $6.75
Thinly sliced imported prosciutto served with arugula in a balsamic vinaigrette and sharp provolone cheese
I removed about 1/2 the prosciutto before even attempting to eat it, but after one bite I knew it was a miss. I know that prosciutto is salty, but this was almost unbearable. A few of my fellow-diners tasted it and confirmed, and so I put my pouty face on and pushed my salty plate away, deciding not to continue eating it. (You should know that I swell up like the Michelin man when I have too much sodium, so it was indeed for the best.)
Disappointed that half of my meal was sub-par, I anxiously awaited my next dish:
Involtini di Melanzane – $6.75
Lightly batter dipped eggplant slices rolled around provolone cheese, asparagus, basil and capers in a garlic tomato sauce
I will say that round two was a vast improvement, however I was still left feeling underwhelmed. I am a lover of Italian food and admittedly set the bar pretty high when dining in what boasts to be a restaurant serving “Authentic Italian Cuisine”. I feel like I could have ordered this at the Olive Garden (which I’m not hating on by the way, salad & bread sticks are my jam). The flavors in the marinara were decent, but the asparagus in the eggplant was undercooked and there was more cheese than I would have liked. The cheese ended up totally overwhelming the dish and leaving me wishing I would have ordered pasta or something with more sustenance, as I once again only ate about half the meal, pouty face still in tact. Something like this, which my new bff Kristin ordered:
Spaghetti con Gamberetti – $13.25
Angel hair pasta sautéed with shrimp and a brandy flavored cream sauce
This was actually pretty decent, but I thought it had a bit too much of a cinnamon flavor for what was supposed to be a savory dish. It was definitely far better than either of the items I ordered, however, and for that I was jealous. Luckily she shared a few bites which helped ease my one-person pity party. (And for the record she did really enjoy it, so maybe I was just being complicated that night.)
So overall, like I said earler, I don’t think I’d go back. I hate to be harsh and speak poorly of a business just trying to make it, but I’m still a little bitter about spending almost $40 (I may have had a glass of wine or two…) on a dinner that left me so disappointed.
Would you share a poor restaurant review? And do you send your food back if it’s not up to your expectations? (I’m way too scared someone will tamper with it!)