I ordered the linguine del golfo, which sounded delicious – shrimp, rosemary, basil, pine nuts in a white wine sauce. What arrived was cheap spheghetti and six overdone shrimp. I had to search for anything else and at the bottom of the plate was a trace amount of flavorless cheap wine. There was no rosemary and the basil was definitely not basil. Some dark green leafy thing, like over cooked spinach perhaps, had been substituted to give the appearance of basil – but of course not the flavor. Needless to say, the shrimp was overdone and rubbery. I added salt, but then had just salted plain noodles. I had to borrow some of the sauce (no doubt from a jar) from my friend’s dish to flavor mine.
The owner is an odd character that barked at us when we arrived. We thought at first something was wrong, like we were in the wrong place and he was yelling at us. He barked at the waiter to seat us, as if he didn’t know to do that. We were brought menus that had the owner’s life story and photo on the front, all borrowed from the movie “The Godfather”. He oddly paraded back and forth by us throughout the dinner, without ever refilling our water glasses.
To start, we were served hard stale bread with a plate of oil for dipping – but not olive oil. Who would want to dip bread in canola oil? The salad was overdressed and wilted. The desert was whipped cream with a blob of strawberry jam and a stale cookie. Good thing we didn’t order wine.
Ching ching. $20-something for mine, plus $16 for my friend’s store bought tortellini topped with pasty sauce from a jar.
I’ve never written a review of a restaurant before, but substituting spinach for basil was dishonest, so I have no sympathy for the owner.
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