I have a neighbor with whom I go to lunch on a fairly regular irregular basis. She had wanted to pay me for a sticky toffee pudding I made for her at Christmas, but I suggested she just pay for lunch the next time we went out. I have been jonesing for Chicken Parm for a while, and since we had talked about eating at Fortina, we decided to give it a go for lunch. Unfortunately, I would give my Chicken Parm, and the whole lunch, no more than a C+.
For me, a good Chicken Parm involves a chicken cutlet that is still crispy despite its veil of sauce and cheese. This chicken was mushy and seemed more pre-formed than being an actual piece of chicken. I also found the sauce to be too sweet. The side of spaghetti also had this sweet sauce on it, and I had to ask for some cheese to sprinkle on it. My friend had the pizzeria salad, and it, too, came with an unpleasantly sweet dressing. We had shared the wood-fired carrots with walnut crema to start, but the crema did not taste of walnuts and looked a little like library paste. The carrots were nearly raw.
Add that to the deafeningly loud music and it’s safe to say that we won’t be returning any time soon. Cross this one off the list.