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“Attractive Setting but Average Food w Pretentious Prices”
Review of Tuscan House - CLOSED

Tuscan House
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Evergreen, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Attractive Setting but Average Food w Pretentious Prices”
Reviewed 29 October 2013

Our friends had dined here previously on the bruschetta, and wanted us to enjoy their find, so we made our way to this attractive restaurant combining traditional Mediterranean colors and arches, with contemporary glass walls and floating wood flooring, for a late lunch. The barrels piled high with mums in bloom lining the perimeter of the restaurants exterior were very bright and inviting. Admittedly the bruschetta, piled 1.5" high with 1/2" cubes of ripe local grown tomatoes, which they ordered and we sampled was excellent, but neither my wife nor I could recall if the Bietoli salad of fennel, beets, arugula, and shaved reggiano, although fresh, had any dressing or was distinctive in any way.

While my wife had ordered the salad, which we split, I ordered the Pollo y Salsiccia Scarpariello, chicken chunks in 1 to 2 cubic inch size containing lumps of fat and connective tissue, sliced sausage, roasted garlic, mushrooms, and 1 inch square/halved spicy cherry peppers that overpowered everything else on the plate and destroyed one's palate when ingested. Avoiding the peppers allowed us to enjoy the savory sauce of this dish, but this sauce could do little to deal with the dry chicken chunks that had to be cut for size (thus w/o infused flavor) and excised of adipose and connective tissue. The imbalance of the ingredients, the lack of a melding or infusion of flavors, and the dissection required were disappointing to say the least. My wife left several large chicken chunks.

Every meal comes with a price. We just weren't prepared for the bill we received, which included a $10.00 split charge because I requested that the waitress split our $18.00 salad and $28.00 Scarpariello, rather than our doing it ourselves at the table, so that we could try both dishes, rather than over order and waste food and money. Neither of us noted the $10.00 plate charge at the bottom of the menu, but this type of charge is rarely seen at good restaurants and is repugnant in its assumption that the guests are trying to cheat the restaurant by taking up space without ordering sufficient food. The staff's handling and then putting a couple of extra dishes through the dishwasher is not that big a deal and can never justify this type of charge.

Additionally, earlier in the day, we had been wine tasting and had purchased some wine at a local vineyard, but were discouraged from trying it at the Tuscan House by their $35.00 corkage fee. The bill also listed a $10.00 charge for the bottle of imported water, Acqua Panna, that our friends had approved, which with tip and tax, approached $13.00 for the liter bottle. It lists on line for a little over $2.00 a bottle. Obviously some restaurants don't mind ripping off their customers; which might explain why there was only one other table of guests when we arrived on a Saturday afternoon.

The remarkable thing about the imported water, which we would never order in the USA due to the high quality of local water, was that on approval, the waitress took the display bottle off the table, went to the kitchen and came back with an already opened bottle, which as far as I was concerned could have contained tap water. Our friend commented that she would never accept an open bottle when abroad. Ironically, the mineral water was unremarkable; no one finished their glass or asked for a refill.

The service was good, despite the pretentious fresh pepper mill offering. [Pepper is dried, not fresh, although its aroma and strength characteristics are related to its length of exposure to the ambient.] At the end of the meal, I had to wait over ten minutes to wash my hands as the men’s room consisted of one small room that was locked by another user. Similarly the woman were stacked three deep to use the Lady’s room.

If your dining experience is defined primarily by ambiance, pretension, and high prices, rather than a really great meal at an honest price, you'll love this place. The entree menu was mostly pasta, which may be the restaurant's forte, while the meat and fish selection was minimal, and instead of prices associated with the dishes containing shrimp and clams, it listed p/a. I've never seen this at any other restaurant anywhere in the US or abroad.

Now I've seen everything - thanks to the Tuscan House.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank WanderLust 4
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  • English first
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English first
Southampton, New York
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Abbondanza”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

There are several Italian eateries in Southampton, but Tuscan House is far and away our favorite. First of all unlike most of the others, Tuscan House does not give you a side of attitude with your meal. Second of all, the food is delicious and PLENTIFUL. We tell others to share apps or plan to ask for a takeaway container as the dishes are large. The bruscetta app is completely fabulous, but it's 4 large slices of the Tuscan bread, so if you have it on your own, you are probably full when you're finished! We love love love the Chicken Scarpariello (bone in chicken and hot sausage) and the Venetian (your choice of four fish du jour).

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank kimbrwrite
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New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Generous, lively and tasty”
Reviewed 30 September 2013

We were lucky with the weather so sat outside in the evening. THis may have been a double blessing as the rooms inside were lively, with a live, (pretty good) guitarist. The food was very good, well judged dressings very good cured meats, the polenta a liitel undersaesoned. The portions were a bit large, but, sad to relate, we still finished them all.

Visited September 2013
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Thank JFK44
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Nassau, New York
Level 5 Contributor
41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“So good, I wrote the chef a love letter!”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Exceptional! Fresh!! Gorgeous food!!! Fried calamari was perfect, the wine-delicious, our second appetizer was this large crustini topped with a melty creamy italian cheese surrounded by grilled figs in a honey balsamic glaze---it evaporated into thin air soon after the plate landed on our table, need I say more?? Ok, then, I will......I had an incredible freshly made ravioli stuffed with butternut squash in a sage/butter sauce-- it was heavenly!! Hubby had a double chopped piece of veal topped with a brown sauce of figs, mushrooms and onions, accompanied by grilled polenta triangles.....while walking around Southampton on a lovely September afternoon and stopping into the Tuscan House on a whim.....we could NOT have been more pleased! I had pen and paper handy, so I wrote the chef a note about the phenomenal meal, with my utmost gratitude.....Super! Elegant! Lovely waitress, Lovely atmosphere and decor, everything a fine restaurant should be in a beautiful pocket of Long Island :)

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank TalineLovesRoadtrips
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Pelham, New York
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“delicious food”
Reviewed 29 August 2013

We have never had a bad meal in this restaurant! Have been coming here for years and the food is always excellent. They are open year long its just a wonderful place to eat. They have the best bread all the way from the Sullivan street bakery in new york city delivered daily.The restaurant is pretty and airy now that they have installed sliding front windows.The staff is attentive and knowledgable about how everything is made.The food is presented beautifully, everything is good on the menu. Our favorites include chicken scarpariello ,pasta san biagio,bucatini alla amatriciana and the pork chop special. This is just one restaurant you should not miss you will not be disappointed!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Mombongo
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