What do you do when you go to a restaurant — one that’s usually pretty good — and you have a disappointing dinner? That’s my dilemma right now, readers.
I considered La Mia Cucina the best Italian restaurant in town — until last week.
I ordered my favorite pasta dish on the menu, the tortiglioni with sausage ($21.95). What arrived at the table was a far cry from the plate of spicy sausage and pasta I’d been expecting.
The sauce really was the worst offender — chunky, dry and pasty. And the flavors were too pungent — overly sweet in some bites, overly herb-y in others. It wasn’t inedible by any means, but I know — or I hope — La Mia Cucina can do better.
The other entrees at the table were better received. The meat lasagna ($20.95), served every Friday night, was a favorite, filled with gooey cheese.
The crab ravioli appetizer ($11.95) had a nice pesto sauce and the ravioli were stuffed with a lot of crab. Somehow my pasta wasn’t up to par.
It’s a hard pill to swallow when the kitchen at your favorite restaurant hits a snag. Do you speak up and send the dish back? Or just suck it up and hope things are back in the groove next time? I opted for the latter — it was a busy night and I didn’t feel like sending my plate back to the kitchen.
I wrote it off as nothing more than an off night for the kitchen. It happens to the best of us. It’s not the first time I’ve dropped into one of our area’s restaurant stars and wound up with a plate of food that wasn’t up to snuff.
I’ll be back soon for a proper review to see if the groove is back — or if I need to look for a new favorite Italian restaurant.