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Re: “Alla Famiglia

Really!! Overpriced for poor food. First off I NEVER complain, but i MUST in this experience. There are many great Italian, Mexican, Chinese restaurants in Pittsburgh. We are blessed to have such diversity and great food in the city. When I first heard there was a Sicilian Venue in the city, my wife and I were very excited. Sicilian is a specific niche, and cultural experience. Very different than your so called American Italian theme cuisines and traditional Italian dishes. I am first generation Sicilian, my name is Luigi. My whole family comes from Sicily. I traveled there 7 times and visited all three corners. I also fluently speak Sicilian and Italian. My family owns and operates restaurants in PA, CA, IL, and Canada. So I feel am confident to judge this experience.
All cultural dishes are perfected from the food that the region provides. Sicily is in the Mediterranean. IDIOTS! Let’s start with the ambience. I do give it an 8 out of 10. I do feel they captured the rustic theme that only the mountains of Sicily provide. This review should not reflect anything our waiter, Rich, had provided. He was very pleasurable to speak to and gave recommendations and check on us frequently. His 20% tip should reflect that. In saying that, this negative review is all about FOOD! Keep in mind Sicily's dominate staples are seafood, lamb and citrus fruits, prickly pears, exotic vegetables like artichokes , Asparagus, plum tomatoes, variety of hot peppers, wild mushrooms, Olives. Capture herb flavors like oregano, rosemary, sage, basil, parsley and bay leaves. Start with using more of this than your French or northern Italian exposure on your menu. The appetizer was the calamari and shrimp with spinach. It was barely COOKED and taste bland. Can you say PA Health Dept.? Then the salad had walnuts and raisins. Can you say a Waldorf German salad in Italy? Nothing Sicilian about it. Maybe the olive. k :( poor. Than pasta, penne in vodka sauce. Vodka sauce originates to the French and perfected in Naples, Italy. NOT SICIILIAN. Study Chef. Than my wife chose an easy dish of pork Parmigianino. Extremely bland canned tomatoes taste. My experience ended in two bites. Fatty pork chop in drowned Worchester sauce with under cooked mushrooms. Real nice guys. I can go on but you get the picture. I paid $93 for this mistake. Should have gone to a Japanese steak house and a movie. Over all the area complements the restaraunts venue. DANGEROUS AND TRY AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!!!!!!

2 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Luigi on 07/06/2011 at 3:22 PM

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