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“Good food, good service but lousy front of house” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taste of Italy Bar & Grill

Taste of Italy Bar & Grill
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Ranked #19 of 459 Restaurants in Allentown
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$2 - US$35
Cuisines: Seafood, Italian, Pizza, Bar, Pub
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Good for: Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Taste of Italy Bar & Grill is family owned with a high selection of traditional Italian favorites. The atmosphere is family-friendly, yet suitable for a business setting. We can also accommodate small parties and events. We offer a full variety of seafood, veal, chicken & pasta. Every entree is prepared fresh to order. We also feature a full wine and beer selection as well as spirits.
Bethlehem, PA
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food, good service but lousy front of house”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2014

A lost reservation had our group of 6 waiting far longer than expected and the hostess had zero personality, making the wait seem longer and more intolerable than usual. Why you pick someone who clearly has no talent for dealing with the public to be your hostess is a mystery to me; just keeping us updated on our wait would have gone a long way to appeasing us. We had eaten here on multiple occasions in the past though I guess more time than usual had passed as the renovations were a surprise to us. It looks like they are turning it more into its sister restaurant, Roma, which we had eaten at as well but it didn't have the cozy feel that Taste of Italy used to have (the jury is still out on the renovations since they weren't done yet). The food and service were as good as always once we did finally get seated. I'm sure we'll be back but next time we'll make our reservations online rather than trust the phone.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Best homemade Italian food on the East side!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

My wife and I eat here about twice a month. Love it!
The remodeling is almost complete. I can't wait to see it finished!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good Italian food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

We took large group of 25 to dinner. The staff was pleasant and could accommodate our group easily. Mussels marinara was very good. Food overall was better than expected with large portions. They have a bar with wide selection. Italian food was authentic. No complaints.

Visited February 2014
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2 reviews
“Scrumptious”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

The best Italian food ... Anywhere! Great food, service, and atmosphere. One trip and you'll be hooked. One more thing...get the Lemon Basil dressing for your salad.

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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142 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Pretty good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014 via mobile

Three couples with kids had a nice lunch here after tubing at blue mountain. It is in a strip mall and I was a little worried but the service and food turned out to be very good. There were a lot of people there enjoying a late Saturday lunch.
It is definitely typical Italian fare but sone very well. I would recommend it.

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