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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Italian

Re: “Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering

To date, we have been here three times. Some menu items are very, very good whereas others are just OK. In any case, the waiters always neglect to tell us about the nightly featured dinner specials - we have to ask! Moreover, I find it unprofessional to be asked if we want change back when we go to pay for our meals. You just shouldn't do that to your customers. I'll decide your tip, which is usually ample, after you bring back my change, thank you.

Posted by CaliMan on 03/05/2011 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Verona Italian Restaurant

We waited in a line on valentines day, our reservations were for 7:30 we were seated around 8:15. We then sat for an additional 15 min. until bread and water arrived. The bread was a good sourdough but nothing special, after another 15min our drink order was taken.
Ahhh, an hour after our designated reservation I at last had wine quenching my lips. The calamari was overcooked and not in it's traditional "squid like" shape (rings or tentacles) but rather an odd eel shaped thing with rather tender meat that was quite pleasing had it not been treated as an unwanted french fry in a fast food restaurant. The mushroom caps were nothing special, just the flavor of undercooked mushrooms in garlic and onion, that begged for a hint of crab or scallops to make it unique. The veal was not tender and there may be some truth to the above post of pork masquerading as tender young beef. The flavors of the dish did not seem to infuse with each other, as though the wine sauce, lemons, capers, artichokes, and meat had only briefly met one another under a heat lamp on my plate moments before arriving at my table. The eggplant Parmigiana suffered the same fate as the calamari in the deep fryer. Although I had ordered Linguine I found the spaghetti sauce very tasty. The vegetables one would have to imagine were supposed to be al-dente but seemed to be fresh out of the garden al-duro (quite raw). When asked if we had room for desert we decided to gamble on the contents of the refrigerator at home. Maybe we hit them on an off night during a busy time, but the next $100 we spend on a meal won't be at Verona's.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by webhiway on 02/14/2011 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Vitello's Ristorante Italiano

I just finished reading the review here. They were most generous in their comments. We used to go there on a regular basis but unfortunately when we used a coupon for a two for one deal it fell really flat. My wife ordered the chicken marsala and I ordered the sausage and spaghetti. The chickne marsala was something of a disappointment. It appeard to be two small chicken breasts with some sort of syrupy sauce. Not a marsala sauce and the portion was VERY SMALL. We suspected that the two for one we received was not welcomed at this establishment. We have not gone back since. Too bad because we did like to take the grandkids for pizza. Just felt that we were short changed because of the two for one coupon. Shame on them for doing that.

0 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Ed W on 01/12/2011 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Vivace

There they go again;being the best of the best in Tucson. After another 5 or so months of searching & still have not found another restaurant that can compare. Ate there 3 days in a row this week. Different waiters, different times, with different people & they still hit a home run each & every time. No, a Grand Slam! Why, because my dining companies also agree. Simonetti , Anne & Don

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Simonetti on 12/23/2010 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

Rather cold decor, disconnected and impersonal. Food was well prepared and served promptly and unobtrusively on a Friday evening at 7 PM.
Restaurant had only a few other diners. Lighting is not flattering, not a romantic place to dine. Looks like they have a pick up bar for the middle-aged crowd. (The much older crowd goes next door to Shlomo & Vito's New York Deli where despite much of the food is inedible, the place is packed.)
Next time I will order to go. Tavolino's does not have a cozy atmosphere for really enjoying the good food they serve.


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Posted by TXJesse on 12/17/2010 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Mama Louisa's Italian Restaurant

Old school Italian circa 1960's. Nothing fantastic, just solid mainline Italian style cooking. Exactly what one might expect next to a military base. Joe's special is noodles and cheese with little more than a dollup of tomato sauce.

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Posted by foodinaz on 11/08/2010 at 8:37 AM

Re: “Tavolino Ristorante Italiano

I also had my concerns when Tavolino moved and I found them justified. When seated we were given a large table in the middle of the room when others with a more intimate setting were readily available (and did not fill while we were there). The wine and wine steward were both excellent. I had seafood Risotto that was barely warm and the risotto undercooked. One of my guests had Seafood special that was also not hot enough to enjoy. Luckily the birthday guests food was great (eggplant parm) which was to die for and grilled salmon which was good but unremarkable. The desserts were excellent. Our server was less than concerned about having to return food to heat it up nor was he apologetic. I was really disappointed.

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Posted by Ruth on 11/05/2010 at 9:27 AM

Re: “NoRTH

One of my favorites in Tucson. Great ambience and food.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by fuzzygoats on 11/03/2010 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Bazil's

The pizza side of the restaurant is great. The restaurant has good classic Italian dishes, but too expensive for what you get. I still go for the pizza though.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 11/03/2010 at 7:13 PM

Re: “Fiorito's

Are they still in business? The number above has been disconnected, and the restaurant's been dark the last several evenings I've driven by.

Posted by firsttimecaller on 11/02/2010 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Viro's Italian Bakery and Cafe

I ate there many times for lunch when I worked across the street. The food was always fresh and delicious. The Italian cookies were incredible as well.

Posted by jembigsky on 11/02/2010 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Michelangelo Ristorante Italiano

Never fails to please. Good food. Bring back the steak sandwich with balsamic carmelized onions.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering

Decent food and service. Osso bucco was excellent. I wish they would offer the seafood soup that Red Sky Cafe used to have.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:46 PM

Re: “Fiorito's

Tucson's best kept secret for good traditional Italian.

Posted by fuzzygoats on 09/09/2010 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Vivace

Having spent most every single day since April dining out for lunch & or dinner at some of the so called best restaurants in Tucson, I can unequivocally say Vivace is the best of the best. This place & its newer Pizzeria Vivace never ever disappoint. Along w/there smashing food is, there impeccable service & wine list. Vivace we are back!

Posted by Simonetti on 08/14/2010 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Caffe Milano

Great food, great service & great coffee. Breakfeast and lunch is reasonably price.

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Posted by blkylemasc on 08/06/2010 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Guiseppe's

Some of the best and most reasonabley priced italian food we have ever had. We love it and go as frequently as we can. Everything we 've tried, we loved! Best meatballs in Tucson. The Seafood Soup is phenomenal; the broth is to die for. So pleased to have Guiseppe's as our go-to place! We wish him much success and tell everyone we can about the place.

Posted by Cookielady on 07/23/2010 at 10:10 PM

Re: “Caffe Torino

My husband and I dine out frequently. We are extremely particular in our expectations and this restaurant far exceeds them. We often find ourselves dining here on a couple nights throughout our week. We also LOVE their italian breakfasts & lunch dishes! Cafe Torino is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with an intimate feel. The owner is "hands on" and frequently visits with her guests when not in the kitchen. The food is absolutely exceptional. The pasta is all homemade, each morning ,and the menu offers many northern italian authentic selections as well as rotating specials. I have impressed many by bringing them to this little gem. For breakfast, lunch or is one to not miss!

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by LMCG on 07/19/2010 at 9:03 AM

Re: “Luna Bella Italian Cuisine and Catering

It's the best food in town with pretty much the old Red Sky Cafe taste, flair & menu.

Posted by brainbozo on 06/27/2010 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Caffe Milano

I have yet to eat dinner here but the lunches are delicious and very reasonably priced.

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Posted by Reuven on 06/10/2010 at 3:58 PM

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