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Comment Archives: Locations: 3 Stars

Re: “Three Brothers Pizza & Grill

I've been frustrated by this place up til now in that I've had several satisfactory meals but nothing that really blew me away.....My family has enjoyed some of the pizzas and such but I've stuck to the appetizers mainly. Well, this last time I noticed the Garlic Bread Pizza. I will now say that they've won me over. It was FANTASTIC. I've been eating the leftovers for 2 days now and the garlic taste has just gotten richer and richer every time I've reheated it. A big 4 stars for this one! Just a note - we ordered delivery and were missing our salad dressings as well as bleu cheese for wings - even though the order taker repeated it to me when I ordered. I will check next time before the driver leaves that we have everything!

Posted by Diane Pontecorvo on 08/03/2014 at 10:04 PM

Re: “La Boca Wood Fired Pizzeria

A long-awaited and welcome addition to the North End. I broke my long-standing rule and went within the first week of opening and I do regret it. It took over an hour to be served. 45 minutes for the salad alone! While the appetizers were yummy, the pizza was under-cooked and bland. When you dine at a wood-fired pizzeria, your expectation is for a thin, crispy pie. The pie they served us was too thick and as a result undercooked and doughy. The service was okay--our waitress was friendly, but we rarely saw her--but the noise was painfully loud. I am glad to hear that they will take steps to remedy it. Despite my poor dining experience, I will go back and support this restaurant because we need local eateries in the NE. Hopefully they will work all the kinks out and succeed.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Padraic on 07/31/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Pascolo Ristorante

I treated myself to a solo Sunday lunch recently. Spaghetti with clam sauce is one of my favorite dishes and also a measure of any Italian restaurant in my opinion so I ordered that. It was $18.95 on the lunch menu which is really expensive but I wasn't ordering alcohol so I let it slide. The clams were plentiful and the spaghetti was cooked perfectly but I didn't love the sauce. I'm open to different versions of this classic but this version just wasn't for me. When I think of clam sauce I want white clam sauce with lots of white wine, garlic and herbs. Pascolo's take was a chicken broth-based sauce with roasted tomatoes and lots of bacon. It was rich and savory but didn't have that garlic-y zing I'm looking for in this dish. The service was very attentive and pleasant and I like the new space design but, for the price, this meal just didn't wow me.

Posted by VivaVermont on 07/30/2014 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Dharshan Namaste Asian Deli

Just tried this place for the first time. We had the pho, dumplings, and lo mein. Very good food and very affordable. Looking forward to trying the Bahn Mi next!

Posted by Maureen on 06/12/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Pascolo Ristorante

Disappointed. We were excited to try this new restaurant by the Farmhouse Group, but the pasta portions were small and flavorless. We could've done better at home. Renovations looked great though.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by debstars on 06/10/2014 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Bleu Northeast Seafood

I had been anxiously awaiting the opening of Bleu, and was excited to give it a try this past weekend. Overall, I would say it was a "good" experience; not great (yet), but we're hopeful that may come in time.

First impressions- the ambiance/decor is very nice (although while we thought the funky knives were very cool, they were a little awkward to rest on your plate when not in use). I was disappointed that the menu does not highlight/specify where the food comes from. There is a lot of reference on Bleu's website about sourcing New England seafood and local products, and there was no mention of this on the menu. Also would have loved a little server guidance on the salts left on our table- i.e. what flavor is each one?

We started with oysters and the mushroom tartine. My husband loved his oysters, and while I found the flavor of the mushroom tartine to be very nice, it was a bit heavy handed. I would have liked it a little smaller so that the quail egg yolk could touch every bite.Entrees were the steak frites and seafood lasagna. My husband loved the steak frites. It was a very generous portion and all around a nice dinner, although cooked beyond the requested medium rare. The seafood lasagna was...decadent. I would have loved to have seen this come out on a plate instead of served casserole/soup-y style- I think the layers of black squid-ink noodles would have looked beautiful if you could see them layered. It was a very yummy dish, but with the amount of butter and cheese in the plate, hard to taste all of the delicious seafood.

Overall, it was a nice evening out, and we hope some of the wrinkles will get ironed out as Bleu establishes itself in the Burlington food scene. We'd like to see it succeed and stick around!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by BeccaN802 on 05/19/2014 at 10:42 AM

Re: “Twiggs — An American Gastropub

Twiggs is ok, not great. The service was excellent but I was certainly expecting more from the food. I got a hamburger and fries and a side garden salad. The salad was spring mix with cherry tomatoes (which I don't eat), raw white onions (which I don't eat) and croutons. Once I picked off the "garden vegetables" I was left with 50 cents worth of lettuce, 25 cents worth of croutons and bottled blue cheese dressing - for which I paid $5. The hamburger was dry and the texture was odd. The toppings were good and the fries were good. The waitress did not tell me that the fries were an upsell of $2 - which I didn't mind but I would have liked to have been told. I was excited to have a nice restaurant in St. Albans but I think the owners need to visit some other regional gastropubs to see how they are doing things. I spent less money at the Prohibition Pig and got far better food.

Posted by amytillotson on 03/30/2014 at 3:46 AM

Re: “J. Morgan's Steakhouse

Lobster Mac had 3 claw tips(the flat thing that isnt good) so I know that was not a whole lobster, if so it was the smallest one ever and should be illegal to eat. The wait for a drink was too long, the bread did not appear unitl the app did so we sat with nothing for 15 minutes while watching others eat. The crab legs that use to be $30 for a lb and a half are now $34 for 1 lb, Not cool..raise the price and reduce the porttion. Booo J Morgans!

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by kat2009 on 03/24/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Honey Thai Restaurant

Second times the charm
The 1st time I had ordered a sea bass dish and asked for the fish to be cooked well done. It was not and I had to send it back to get cooked further. When I got it back, half the fish and fixings were gone but at least the fish was cooked. I was not happy, this is one of the most expensive dishes they offer and I felt robbed.
Ok, so I know Im fussy but my girlfriend talked me into going again. I stayed clear of the fish and had the shrimp pad tai, It was very good, better then most I have had so coddles to them for that, so might be a hit or miss place but I think I will go back. I loved the crazy decor from water fountain to dime store items. And, it 's byob which I did and thats awesome because half my dinner bill is the wine at other places. I thought the prices were reasonable and my friend was very happy with her spring rolls and the other clear ones(I forget what they are called).

Posted by kat2009 on 03/02/2014 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Pulcinella's

Had high Expectations
My boyfriend and I went here for our Valentines dinner on Saturday the 15th. We were seated at a table for 4 in the middle of everyone which I did not care for and it was cold. I asked our waiter if we could move and he said the place is very busy to which I replied can we sit at this table and pointed to a table for 2 out of the center of the room. We moved and he was going to get the heat turned up. The space is open and loud, not very romantic. We liked the look of the decor. We ordered two apps (asparagus and polenta), they were both very good and the bread was yummy. I ordered a sea bass dish to which the waiter said that the chef recommends medium. I said I wanted it well done and cooked through. Well, it came medium so I had to return it and when it came back the fish was cooked but half the dish was missing so my $$$ dish ended up being an app. My guy had a seafood dish also that he was not pleased with, we took the left overs but he didn't eat them. Very not him believe me. All in all we might go back for an app and a glass of wine sometime.

Posted by kat2009 on 03/02/2014 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Asiana House (Montpelier)

The major issue I have with pan-Asian-style eateries, and which is true of Asiana House, is that the menus are always difficult. You never really know what you are going to get. Some of these places are top-notch restaurants but many I have visited just felt confusing. You might, as did my wife, order what amounts to chicken soup, thinking of your favorite pho or a salty Chinese poultry broth, not a miso with fistfuls of overpowering mushrooms and thick-cut vegetables. I thought it was tasty but not exactly a pleasant surprise, given that my entree already came with miso. My bibimbap was great, but for overcooked rice, and the seaweed salad was just fine. I really was excited for Korean food in central VT; I almost wish they would focus on that cuisine but the sushi options were excellent, too. Nothing was terrible, nothing was above average. The old bank atmosphere was lovely (probably one of the nicest-looking places I've eaten in) and our server was helpful and responsive. Overall, I just wish they would settle on a smaller set of offerings and do them perfectly, rather than being a giant grab-bag of famous dishes from the Far East.

Also, I don't know why the above descriptors above say "no alcohol." They definitely have a decent bar.

Posted by foodler on 02/26/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “Sarducci's Restaurant and Bar

The food is not horrible but it is also nothing great. Seems they have gone downhill in the past few years. Not sure why but they need to figure it out and get their act together. Great bar and deck seating.

Posted by djcal1025 on 02/25/2014 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Sofia's Pizzeria

Good Food, Great Service
This small corner shop turns-out good sandwiches, calzones and pies, with a unique emphasis on infusing delectable european ingredients. Further, they are incredibly nice folks. Check out their jalapeño poppers! Food: 4 Ambiance: -1 Service: 5

Posted by lava on 01/25/2014 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Sotto Enoteca

Intimate Wine Bar for Grown Ups
The owners of Trattoria have really hit the mark with this intimate spot. My partner and I have been there twice.Once on a random snowy evening and the next on NY Eve. Nestled into a corner, the cocktail specials and wine list are exquisite and nibbles from the Tratt kitchen next door are also available. It's exactly what we've been longing for in Burlington! Food: -1 Ambiance: 5 Service: 5

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by vincentm on 01/22/2014 at 10:07 AM

Re: “One Federal

Adequate, but not spectacular
I go here for lunch occasionally, and I always get the Cobb Salad, which I like a lot. I have not liked some other things here (a chicken special was quite strange), and the gluten free offerings are slim. It's one of those 'give them the burger without the bun and call it gluten free'. So you get less for the same price. I stick with my salad and I'm usually satisfied. Food: 3 Ambiance: 4 Service: 3

Posted by Catalina on 01/21/2014 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Hinesburgh Public House

Blown their chances
Wow, this place had such huge potential. Hinesburg is starved for good eateries, and is prime for the plucking. I had high hopes, but the HPH has missed them on so many marks, namely food and service. I have given it a go 4 times, to leave each time disappointed. The food is prepared without flair or taste but with a price way beyond that. The service is highly variable from really!!, to that was good. I like the bar, but the food just kills it. I have tried the wings...pricey but good. I've tried the pretzel appetizer, came out rock solid, splattered in butter, it might even have been deep fried...gross. Burger is good. Kale and beet salad dressing is awful. I had the daily braise which was beef short rib and was served a plate of rib fat. I was upset enough about this because I knew the kitchen knew how fatty it was before they dressed it with sauce to be served. Their apology, free thank you, I just don't want to pay $25 for a plate of fat and then get fatter on desert I not want anyway. Uggggh, the beer choices are good, maybe I'll just stop eating there and drink instead, but come on folks, get someone with taste buds or a taster in the kitchen. Food: 3 Ambiance: 3 Service: 3

Posted by DinnerCritic on 01/21/2014 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Oriental Wok

Take Out Champion
In an area plagued with horrifying options for Chinese take out, Oriental Wok rises above. The food is reliably delicious, the portions are ample, and the hot mustard alone is worth a stop. Hands down, best egg rolls around. Food: 4 Ambiance: 3 Service: 3

Posted by TonyO on 01/21/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “oak45

So nice!
Wow. What a beautiful bar with great drinks! Definitely will be coming back. I hope a great little sushi bar will move into the space next door (Asiana Noodle Shop, aren't you looking for more space?? :) Food: -1 Ambiance: 5 Service: 5

Posted by miss.understood on 01/01/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Simply Subs Pizza

Better than I expected
This review is for the Montpelier location which is located in the old Girasole location on Rt 2. We went with the kids saturday after Thanksgiving when we couldn't get them to eat another leftover. We were induced by a certificate and convenience. Had pizza and a salad. The salad was served Subway style (shredded lettuce and whatever sandwich toppings they had thrown on top. But it wasn't bad and the blue cheese dressing actually had chunks of blue cheese in it which can be a rareity in these type of establishements. The Pizza was decent, crust cooked well and generous toppings. My only complain would be that it all seemed to fall off when I picked up a slice but that might have had something to do with trying to eat it too soon. We were too full to take part in any gelato but it looked good and we were offered free samples. The staff was pleasant and gave us no issues with the certificate which seems to happen alot at other places. All in all, its not the best pizza in Central VT, but its a good value. Food: 3 Ambiance: 3 Service: 4

Posted by brb729 on 12/03/2013 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Uncle Tony's Pizza

Uncle Tony's Is Tops!
You have to look for it because it won’t see it from the road. It’s next to Lee’s Chinese on Dorset or just past Van Phan Billiards on San Remo if you come that way. Uncle Tony’s is well worth the effort to find. They offer what I consider what the best pizza in South Burlington is and can easily go head to head with other pizza places, even those wood fired establishments in Chittenden County. First the crust. Not too thick, not to thin, it is just right. It’s got flavor and is cooked evenly. You won’t find any soft spots on their crust. Next the toppings. Whatever you like on your pie you’ll get plenty of it here. The Italian word abbondanza immediately comes to mind. It reminded me of years ago when Pi Express operated in Essex Junction. At the end of the night, staff there would make crew pies for themselves and there were no weighing or portion packs for toppings. Uncle Tony’s is a to-go operation only. Even the staffs that I interacted with were both respectful and courteous. After placing an on-line order (yes, they do that too!) I arrived several minutes early for pick up. After paying, the counter person said that she had just put my pie in. As it would take several minutes to cook she offered to bring my order out to the car. In addition to pizza, Uncle Tony’s offers pasta, desserts and canned soda. They are located at 360 Dorset Street and open at 3:30 PM. Food: 5 Ambiance: -1 Service: 5

Posted by Gerryyy on 11/24/2013 at 11:14 AM

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