I will start out by saying this is the first time I have ever written a review. Having said that - I would like to add we dine out at least once a week. We recently dined at Tony Stella's Encore on 07-26-14 and were left dumbfounded. After reading all the good reviews on trip adviser, we were excited to try the place. We came away very disappointed, to say the least. I ordered the crab cakes and for $31 I expected actual crab to be visible throughout the two patties. Not so. They were more stuffing than anything else . . . slightly better than Mrs. Paul's. My friend had 2 appetizers for dinner. The first one (Zuppa di Clams) was very nice (I tried it as well), but the second one was a mix of crab and shrimp in what Tony said was a spicy pesto sauce. Well . . another disappointment! Like my crab cakes, it was quite ordinary, even bland. It amounted to 4 pieces of shrimp and 4 small claws of crab with V-8 poured over it for $18. Our dinner bill for 2 drinks each, 2 appetizers and 1 dinner was $113.00 ! ! ! I always say "money spent on good food, is money well spent". At Tony Stella's Encore - NOT so much. Wayyy overpriced for the quality. I wouldn't return, and I would not recommend it. He stated to several dinner guests that this was his 3rd restaurant in so many years. Kind of makes you wonder why ? I give the place a year or two till he moves again.
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