The Wifeacita and I went to the original non-chain a week ago Saturday for our annual blowout. We arrived mid-afternoon when it’s slow but knowing we would be there more than a while we wouldn’t hog the space but still catch fast action at the end at our traditional pasta bar seats.
The pasta bar allows you to sit a few feet away from the chef and cooks and watch the action. The Wifeacita bullies her way into the right hand seat where she could snatch food off the plates if she was so disposed. I settle for the lesser left seat. We recognize the lunch chef and cooks and most have been there 15-25 years. We know the night chef as well after the shift change.
Our super waiter Rene knew us from before and was always gracious knowing we would be there a while. Nobody sits in this area mid-day so I don’t feel guilty taking our time.
Food. We split a small house salad. The app of shrimp and crab Osiel is off the menu and the best thing in the place. It’s enough for an entrée and has fried shrimp and lump crab in a garlic lemon butter sauce with asparagus and red peppers. The shrimp is fried perfectly and is still crispy in the butter sauce.
Entrees. I’d been threatening to get the chicken parm and finally pulled the trigger. It was good but I’ll stick to other choices. The fettuccine Alfredo that comes with it is a must order every time. The Wifeacita split a pasta Weesie, Alfredo with shrimp and mushrooms plus stuffed shrimp Mandola, shrimp baked with crab dressing, both delicious.
I had a bottle of Zinfandel plus a glass, that’s right, the Wifeacita two glasses of a French Rose. Dessert was a fudge brownie with Kahlua chocolate mousse, whipped cream, and hot chocolate sauce. We wolfed it down. We also got a biscotti cheesesteak that might as well been Sara Lee.
As we were finishing the place was very busy and the kitchen was running like a well oiled machine with perfect timing on all dishes. I quickly got the check to free up space as the pasta bar was getting full. We were there a long time and our great waiter Rene got a tip north of 25 percent.