We decided to try Umberto’s of Long Island in Dunedin for dinner tonight. It looked like a cozy little Italian restaurant. We sat in the back, which was rather dark, so the photos are a bit washed out. We started off with some salad.
If you’re only going to have one salad dressing, it should at least taste like more than oil & vinegar. Mine actually tasted like just vinegar. We tried the calamari.
The texture and crunch were there, but it was completely underseasoned. A little salt & pepper went a long way to improve this dish. The sauce was ok, but didn’t taste like a long simmering sauce by any means.
Loren tried the Chicken Maximo for his entree.
There was a definite lack of fresh ingredients in this dish. Both the asparagus & mushrooms were out of a can and absolutely tasted like it. The entire dish was also underseasoned. I went for the chicken marsala with penne pasta.
Mine suffered the same lack of seasoning and there really wasn’t a lot of marsala sauce on the dish. The chicken was very plain and the lack of an actual steak knife made cutting it more difficult. I’m also not a big fan of canned mushrooms.
As for the service, our waitress was very nice, but unlike the other waitress in the dining area, she didn’t offer us bread or ask if we wanted dessert. For what we got, the meals were overpriced. Total bill with an undrinkable iced tea was $45.
Do you ever watch “Restaurant Impossible”? All during our meal, I could hear Robert Irvine in my head talking about how fresh ingredients and a bit of seasoning would really help the food.
Umberto’s of Long Island
150 Patricia Ave