Ristorante Castello has gone major Downhill
Here is a copy of my unanswered email:
I wanted to let you know we were very disappointed in our recent meal at the Ristorante.
We decided to try a local ristorante today, Cafe Lombardi.
The atmosphere and menu looked good online.
In person - the atmosphere is very bad, too loud - the tables are very close together. The noise was overwhelming. The tablecloths were like home, flannel and vinyl. No background music.
The service was mediocre/appalling. - we were not asked if we wanted more water, more bread, or how our appetizer was. Our server did not introduce herself. They sat us near the kitchen (which was fine) but out of all the waitresses working only one continually banged the back of my chair each time she came out (her name is Jen). When i asked if that was necessary i was told it was and she proceeded to bang it harder. So we asked to be moved and we were moved but we weren't given the first available table and they expected us to move all our drinks and cutlery.
The menu is very deceptive - in that it bills a la carte items as an Entree....
In my mind an Entree consists of a Meat and a side or two - typically perhaps a meat/carb/veg. Not at Cafe Lombardi, these things all must be ordered seperately, unless you order chicken/veal parm. (This is not spelled out on the menu).
Additonally the prices on the web are not the prices in house.
Another item we ordered was Chicken parm, I'm glad i didn't order it, it tasted deep fried.
The sauces were good but a little oily.
Doesn't all that make you want to rush there?
If not may i recommend instead of this nightmare:
Macaroni Grill Montgomeryville or Willow Grove- A chain but - a quality chain.
Boccelli's in Lower Gwynedd
La Vita E Bella Ristorante
We have always had a very good dinner at Bunha Faun.
unfortunately for us one time we sat behind some people talking a lot of trash, but that was a rarity.
The cuisine is asian/french.
The scallops are very good and come in a herb butter sauce.
The rainbow trout we had was completely deboned and skin free, it had a lovely burgundy sauce and was stuffed.
If you go there don't pass up the ice cream for dessert, the chocolate sauce is homeade - fresh for you....he makes it when you order it.
This is a wonderful restaurant.
The atmosphere is very nice. They seem to sometimes have kids in their sometimes not so they are family friendly. They have a quiet table upstairs if you want privacy.
The food is incredible, we've had their meat lasagna, their lobster ravioli, and their chicken parmesan. The service is very good and i think it's the owner who usually is working.
They also have a great take out menu - very reasonable.
I've asked for different things at times and they have been very flexible.
Not much was up here so we decided to take a chance and go eat there.
We had their crab cake entree, the wings, their dockside burger and a portobello sandwich.
We could have had better food and paid less at TGIF or Texas Roadhouse.
their was a piece of fin in the crabcake, the kitchen was very sparing with any of the promised sauces/mayos. The burger was ok.
The wings and beer were pretty good.
The service was good, but we ordered 20 wings and we wanted 10 buffalo and 10 chipotle lime, and he didn't tell us until afterwards (when we got the bill) that we would have to pay for 7.99+7.99 (two orders of 10) vs the 11.99 for 20
Parking was a nightmare and the waiting room is the entrance to the bar.
Pass on this............think highly overated and overpriced......keep walking