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We decided to try Casa Cosenza in Oldsmar for dinner tonight.  It was one of those experiences where if you didn’t laugh, you’d have to cry.  Everything from the food to the service was a joke.  When we arrived there was only one other table of guests and yet we were directed to either a small table in the corner behind them or another small table with the sun shining in.  Luckily, the sun was setting otherwise it would have been impossible to sit there.  Seriously folks, invest in some window treatments.

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Our waitress was rather clueless.  It was like she didn’t retain anything you said or that she had already said from one moment to the next.  She brought out a salami taster and some bread.

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Loren thought it was ok.  It had salami, cheese, bread, and a basil leaf plus a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  I found it to be too salty and the bread it was on was on the stale side.  As for the bread basket, the bread sticks were inedible.  Solid as a rock.  The bread itself was thick and cold.  I just believe if you’re going to tout that you make homemade bread, that it should be served warm.  Our waitress asked twice if we wanted olive oil & balsamic vinegar to go with it.  Loren said just a little bit of garlic would have made it a better dipping sauce.

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When the waitress came back to take our order, her cell phone rang.  Granted she didn’t pick it up, but why would you have it on you when you’re working??  We ordered the caprese calda su fogliedi zucchine fritte as an appetizer.  The menu described it as mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes in puff pastry with fried zucchini.

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We both laughed when it came to the table.  The “puff” pastry was hard as a rock.  There was no semblance of puff there at all.  There were 4 tiny pieces of grilled zucchini on the side and this thing cost $12.  The waitress came back and asked us how it was and I told her it was rock hard.  She seemed perplexed at that point.  I think we both knew this was not going to go well.

For his entree, Loren ordered the fish of the day which was black grouper.  It was cooked in a paper bag with tomatoes, capers, and olives.  When he went to order it, she asked if he wanted roasted potatoes or mashed which were actually a puree.  He said the mashed, but as you can see from the photo, it was served with both.

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He actually liked the fish.  He said it was cooked well and the olives and capers added a nice flavor.  The puree of potato had a really odd texture.  It was overmixed and gluey.   I decided to try the lasagne.

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I don’t know where to begin.  When I think of lasagne, I think layers.  You know, sheets of pasta with cheese and meat sauce.  This was a plate of meat sauce with a few sparse pieces of pasta that pretty much dissolved in your mouth.  I had no words.  And the best part?  It tasted like Chef Boyardee.  I kid you not.  It was a very familiar flavor from childhood and Loren tasted it and thought the same thing.  The waitress came by and asked how it was and I told her it was awful.  It was a plate of meat sauce.  She asked if I wanted some pasta instead.  I said sure and she said she’d take the lasagne off the bill.  Again, call me crazy, but if a customer sends back a dish uneaten and then you offer to bring out something else, would you expect to be charged for the second dish?

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I watched Loren finish his meal since it seems to take a really long time to put together a plate of pasta.  I’m an old school Italian and I like tomato sauce that’s been cooked for a long time to remove the acidity of the tomatoes.  This just had that raw tomato taste and the pasta wasn’t cooked enough.  There’s al dente and then there’s this. There were way too many pieces stuck together and barely cooked at all.  And yes, I left most of it uneaten and we got charged for it.

Here’s the kicker.  After complaining about the appetizer, sending my entree back, and leaving the majority of its replacement on the plate, the waitress came up to the table and asked if everything was good.  Seriously??!  I was speechless.  Needless to say, this was a wasted $58 and we will never be back again.

Casa Cosenza
3705 Tampa Rd, Ste 6
Oldsmar, FL
813-925-9765

Casa Cosenza Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Food1/5
Service1/5
Atmosphere1/5
Value1/5
1.0/5
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  • Filed under: Italian, Oldsmar
  • Long Wait


    Craft Street Kitchen in Oldsmar always has a crowd.  I think the last 2 times we were there, we had at least a 45 minute wait for dinner.  So far, though, it’s been worth the wait.  Tonight, we sat out on the patio which was good since it was so loud inside and started with some meatloaf sliders.

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    These were some tasty little bites.  There’s a little bit of heat going on, either in the meatloaf itself or maybe in the bacon tomato jam, but certainly an appetizer we’d get again.  Loren went for the Ziggy.

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    He’s had this sandwich before and his one complaint is the ratio of bread to filling.  It has a great flavor though.  I decided to try the steak and cheese with a side of sweet potato tots.

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    The steak was incredibly tender.  I was amazed at how tender it was.  The cheese sauce was sort of fondue like.  It was ok, but a more gooier cheese would have worked better.  Instead, this was just a very sloppy sandwich.  The tots were crispy and came with a sweet dipping sauce.  Yum!  Total bill with a drink was $40.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Stopped at Nosh Cafe for lunch today.  I can’t resist their Cuban sandwich and potato salad & Loren decided to try the Po’ Boy and a bowl of chili.

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    Loren liked the Po’ Boy.  It had lots of ham and roast beef and the chili made for a nice side.  I’m not a big salami fan, but I really like the flavor of the kind they use here.  Both plates were empty within no time.

    Nosh Cafe
    4058 Tampa Rd, Ste 4
    Oldsmar, FL
    813-891-0700

    Nosh Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food4/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.4/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar, Subs
  • Back Again


    We made our way back to Craft Street Kitchen tonight, but had to wait about 30 minutes for a table.  This place is hopping on the weekends.  Unfortunately, that does mean it gets pretty loud inside, but the food makes up for the noise. Tonight we tried the short rib tots for an appetizer.

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    Thai chili braised short ribs and sweet potato tots make for a tasty, tangy, sweet and spicy combination.  It was interesting.  I couldn’t stop eating it even though it was a bit on the spicy side.  Loren decided to try the Ziggy sandwich with a side of collard greens.

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    Though he liked the flavors in the sandwich, there was way too much bread going on there.  I went for the dish he had last time, the Belgium Clucker.

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    These are hands down the best waffles we’ve eaten. The chicken was tender and tasty, but the collard greens were a bit too strong for me.  They really overwhelmed all of the other flavors on the plate.  Total bill with a drink was $42.

    Craft Street Kitchen and Drinks
    3153 Curlew Rd
    Oldsmar, FL
    727-314-4270

    Craft Street Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar
  • Salty


    Went back to Tampa Bay Brewing Company for lunch on Saturday with some friends.  We started off with the chips and salsa and queso.  I love how crispy the chips are and the queso had a nice flavor, though a little on the salty side.  Loren ordered the steak & bacon chop salad & I got the Iron Rat Stout Shepard’s Pie.

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    Loren liked the salad.  He said the steak was tender enough to cut with a butter knife (lucky for him since that was the only knife he had).  Though I liked the flavor of the shepard’s pie, it was so incredibly salty and greasy.  I don’t know if they increase the salt content to get people to drink more or what.  The meat and veggie mixture inside went well with the thick, creamy mashed potatoes.  Total bill with a drink was $38.

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co
    13927 Monroe Business Park
    Tampa, FL
    813-247-1422

    Tampa Bay Brewing Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

     

    Food3/5
    Service3/5
    Atmosphere3/5
    Value3/5
    3.0/5
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  • Filed under: American, Oldsmar