I mean it’s Italian food. How hard is that to screw up? And it’s in Del Ray, which is known for its great, local eats.
After seeing Sapore D’Italia, the new Italian restaurant in Del Ray, absolutely packed on several occasions, AND after reading reviews which claim that this restaurant is amazing, I had to go and check it out for myself. Recommending dinner with friends to this romantic new hot spot, we all left feeling sorely misled and disappointed.
My tortellini was soggy and water-logged. The lasagna was strange, with the largest noodles I’ve ever seen, laid on it’s side, and not yummy. The Chicken Parmigiano, the best of our four dishes, could pass as edible, but I could have made it more freshly at home. And the calzone seemed hastily thrown together, with each of the $1.00 additional-charge ingredients sparsely and randomly spotting the cheese.
And to make matters worse, the waiter asked if we would like parmesan cheese with our just-served dinner – raising our hopes for a little freshly grated and nicely presented CHEESE, when he brought over the little shakers of Kraft-style parmesan powder. Instant dissatisfaction.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? Or a good one to stick up for the 94% approval rating 17 people gave this restaurant on Urban Spoon? Am I too fancy for Del Ray, or am I right in being disappointed?
Bottom line: It wasn’t the service. It was the food. Unless you are looking for a great place to take your kids (their kid menu is family friendly), I’m sad to say it’s probably best to stick with the other Del Ray favorites for now. Let’s just be glad I didn’t take Katie with me.