Where's ZERO Stars?.
I have just returned home from the worst Italian meal I have eaten in recent memory,with a dining experience to match. Literally every part of our meal was poor. When we were seated, we had requested a high chair and after waiting for 5 minutes, I finally had to go get one myself.
It was downhill from there.
Our waitress wasn't even organized enough to be able to tell the difference between Coke and Mr. Pibb- we had to "sip and see".
In terms of the food, the Calamari was extremely overdone and every single entree'- no exaggeration- was overcooked. The "carmelized Pancetta" were tiny hard salty lumps that completely ruined the Alfredo sauce, my pasta was mushy and my son's Chicken Parmigiana dry and tough. My wife had the Chicken Alfredo and the sauce was so poorly executed that it began separating and the chicken, like every other single meat this night, was horribly overcooked and chewy, flavorless and dry.
Needless to say, we did not order dessert.
To worsen an already awful experience, our waitress did not bat an eye or offer anything other than an apology when I shared with her, rather politely, how badly executed our meal was.
I understand a kitchen having an off night, but when every single facet is not just sub-par, but awful, it's time to re-assess your staff.
My family eats out about 3x a week and we were looking forward to a nice local Italian Restaurant to frequent, but unfortunately, that restaurant is not Abrusci's and, as I wrote on my receipt: "We will not be back."
My wife and I received a coupon to Abrusci's in the mail so we thought we'd drive out to Wheat Ridge and give it a try. Overall we had a nice time, but I don't think either of us will be saying "Hey, let's go to Abrusci's tonight!" Some points:
+ The service is fine. I can understand why the one reviewer didn't like it - because our server was not friendly per se. He was simply direct and efficient. I actually like that kind of service. I'm there to visit with my wife and enjoy a meal, not make small talk.
+ The Gorgonzola dinner salad was very good. Nuts, tangelo slices, just the right amount of dressing. Nice.
+ My wife's garlic shrimp scampi was also very good. Just the right amount of spice, and the pasta was perfect.
- The atmosphere is off. Felt like a diner.
- I had their self-proclaimed "best item on the menu" - the sausage penne in tomato/cream sauce. I had it baked (an extra $2). When the plate came it was not baked. The server noticed it (and was nice about it) and returned it to the kitchen. Came back about 5 minutes later. I'm not really sure why it's offered baked - that's all they do is spread some mozzarella and run it through a pizza oven. (?) But the dish was bland in just about every way, and there was overly hot water nesting inside the pasta. I can get a much better version of the same dish at Stella's in the Highlands (and the atmosphere will be MUCH nicer).
- Counting the mistake they made on my dish, there were three kitchen mistakes within earshot of our table for the hour we were there. That strikes me as a lot of mistakes.
- I did not think my dish was worth $17 and my wife's, while good, was not worth $18.
The place was nearly full when we were there, but I genuinely don't know what the fuss is about. Might try it one more time, but if that isn't stellar we probably won't go back. There are better places.
Disappointed!!!!!! Wanted real Italian food!!!. My Daughter wanted a true Italian dinner for her birthday and we had always heard good things about Abrusci's. We made reservations because we thought it would be packed. There were only 2 other tables. I suppose that should have been a good indication of how our dining experience would be!! The waiter was very brash and not very helpful in guiding us thru the menu as we were debating on family style or ind.. We had to ask for suggestions and even then not much help. All through diner he just seemed to be irritated we were taking up his time. Hopefully he was just having a bad day and doesn't always act like that. Otherwise he is in the wrong industry. The calimari was very good, but every thing else fell flat. The veal marsala and the spaghetti marinara being the worst. Poorly cooked and no flavor. The waiter also forgot our mediterranean salad. By that point we didn't even bother. So sad, I really wanted this to be a special meal. Still looking for a real Italian experience!
Highly Recommended. I highly recommend this neighborhood Italian restaurant. My husband and I first went to Abrusci's for a club event, and even though it is across town from home, we occasionally make the trip to eat there. My husband has even brought home take-out when he found himself in the area for other reasons! The bar is pleasant, although we have never had a long wait for a table. The wine selection is good. The chef is very good. The servings are large and we often take home leftovers. We usually start by sharing a Caesar salad. My favorite dish is Steve's Rigatoni with Sausage and my husband's favorite is the Chicken Marsala. Service has always been excellent. If you are looking for better-than-average Italian food, I highly recommend that you try Abrusci's.
You Can't Beat Abrusci's!.
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent! I recently ate at Abruscis for the first time and thought I had stumbled into paradise! I am gluten intolerant, and have gotten used to restaurants that limit their gluten free alternatives to a dry piece of chicken and a salad with no dressing (for an additional fee, of course). I have actually eaten at a restaurant that charged extra to bring me a hamburger without the bun!
It has been so long since I enjoyed an evening out, and it was wonderful to be able to order from a full menu and receive food that was prepared with as much care as if I were a "normal" customer. My meal was delicious and satisfying, and I look forward to a return trip. Soup! Pasta! Bread! Yummy!
The atmosphere was pleasing and the service was great. I have nothing but praise for this establishment. Whether you have food allergies or not, this place is worth the trip down the hill.
Editorial Review. This neighborhood Italian spot features hearty, family-style portions, a notable wine list, gluten-free and kids menus, and extensive catering options.
Awesome Italian that doesn't require a parking meter or small loan. Their catch phrase says "the best d-mn Italian food. Period". I don't know, I'm not qualified to make or agree with such a statement. But it is seriously good Italian food, and they offer family size portions that are really good and good value. They put a nice twist on traditional favorites and give good service. Entrees range $12-20.
Magnificent. My fiancee and I had dinner here last week. The food was incredible, the portions were very generous, and the prices were reasonable. The service we received was second to none. We have already decided to have our wedding rehearsal dinner catered by Abruscis and will definitely be dining there often.
Excellent!. This outstanding neighborhood bistro has everything! Abrusci's offers wonderful italian food in a warm, and friendly atmosphere. The staff is efficient and friendly. The prices are reasonable and portions generous. The well-designed dining area is wonderful for a romantic dinner for two, as well as a large party and children. This is a restaurant I will come back to again and again.
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