Sorry I was originally scared off by some of the fanatical rants
Submitted Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]
After reading all the hate for the Poor Italian I have avoided trying this restaurant despite a recommendation from a friend. For a number of reasons, I ended up there last evening and was generally pleased. Before dispensing my review, I must say, so many of the posts for this restaurant are exactly why I have not re-entered the business. Yes, everyone who pays is entitled to their opinion. However, some opinions just make me shake my head, especially when I have a look at the poster’s other reviews.
Without further adieu, my experience at the Poor Italian was good and quite obviously in contrast to many of the other reviewers. The ambiance was nice and the service attentive. For a starter I had the calamari with capers. This was the low point of my meal. The broth was far too salty and this made the dish quite harsh. Next I had the rigatoni with sausage and caramelized eggplant. It was excellent, with the eggplant being the star of the meal. In fact, I would love to have a big dish of rigatoni with just the eggplant. Fantastic! Next, I had one of the dinner specials, sockeye salmon involtini wrapped around a diver scallop in a light cream sauce. The salmon was cooked as I like it, still translucent in the middle. It showed a deft touch and was very good.
The bottom line is that the Poor Italian could be better, but overall my experience was good and I will return.
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Submitted Monday, July 30, 2007 - 10:44pm [Dine in]
Despite being run off their feet on the evening we visited, the food quality was good. Everything was very fresh and the salmon was wild. Items like the tempura displayed a light touch. The kitchen staff definitely know what they are doing. However, they need to address a few issues at the front of the house with the volume of take out business, as it severely impacted the quality of service. This is a little gem in the breezeway of a suburban mall.
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