Wednesday, October 11, 2006

The Italian Couple

Score: 7.5 out of 10


Yes we speak Italian! That’s what’s printed on the menu of this newly opened Italian restaurant—The Italian Couple.

When I asked our waiter if there’s anything special he would recommend, he appeared a bit annoyed and said he already told us what the special was. Oh well…maybe he didn’t understand me quite well, maybe I shouldn’t have asked, maybe there just aren’t anything special…

Anyway, we ordered Eggplant Parmesan and Home-Made Lasagna, which came with a salad with balsamic vinegar dressing. The salad was wonderful. I especially loved the dressing. The eggplant was done just right, very soft and flavorful, although the spaghetti under the eggplant could use a little sauce.

And the home-made lasagna…well, this is where it becomes not as “authentic”. First I’m sure it’s not “home-made”, per se…and it doesn’t taste a whole lot like it was even hand-made in the house either. But again, how can I expect freshly hand made lasagna during lunch rush? Stupid me should’ve known better than falling yet again for this home-made type of stuff.

But all in all, the experience was good considering this restaurant hasn’t been open for long, and the price was fair after a two dollar discount. However, there’s still a lot of room for improvement both in the food and service. For instance, instead of butter, how about serving seasoned olive oil with the bread? Or even the balsamic vinegar dressing should do a much better job.

My suggestion? Go try it, do ask for their special dressing, but stay away from the home-made lasagna.


Bob Joe


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