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We drove into Tarpon Springs tonight and ended up at Chloe’s Family Restaurant for dinner.  There were quite a few people in the restaurant and we quickly found out why… the food was really good.

I started off with a Greek salad which came with my entree.

It had a nice, tangy dressing on it.  Then they brought out fresh bread.

This just oozed awesomeness.  Fresh and hot out of the oven covered in a buttery garlic sauce.  It was so soft and delicious.  I’d go back just for the bread.  Loren got the Greek Keftedakia which came with a salad and fries.

The salad didn’t have any lettuce and when we asked about it, our waitress said it was called a village salad.  Who knew?  But, she was nice enough to bring out a side dish of lettuce for us non-Greeks.  The meatballs were flavorful and there was enough for leftovers.  I ordered the Greek combo plate since I like to try out lots of things when we go to a new restaurant.

It came with pastitsio, moussaka, gyro, chicken and spinach pie.  I really liked the pastitsio.  Normally, that’s what I would have ordered and I’d have been happy with a big ol’ plate of it.  It was moist with just the right Greek flavors.  The moussaka was also really flavorful & tasty.  The spinach pie was also pretty good.  Flaky with a nice filling.   I tried both the gyro & chicken and ended up taking most of it home for leftovers.   The gyro was good, but the chicken was dry.

And then as a nice surprise at the end of the meal, the waitress brought out complimentary bowls of ice cream.

A perfect finish to an awesome dinner.  Everything was fresh and homemade.  Service was really good and everyone was very friendly.  Definitely putting on our list to try again.  We’ve been having some really good luck with restaurants in Tarpon Springs lately.   Total bill with a drink was $32.

Chloe’s Family Restaurant
1722 S. Pinellas Ave
Tarpon Springs, FL
727-943-2999

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Food4/5
Service4/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value4/5
3.9/5

Joseph’s Little Italy in Dunedin has changed their name to Julian’s Little Italy.  Looks like the exact same place and staff.  We went in with our Restaurant.com coupon and needed to spend $40 to get the $25 off.

The restaurant was fairly busy for a Sunday night, but we should have known something was wrong when our waitress didn’t even come take our drink orders until we’d been sitting there for almost 15 minutes.  The service only got worse from there.

This was a long night of waiting.  Our waitress would disappear completely from the dining room and when she would come out, she’d either walk right by our table or would be completely inefficient in what she would bring out at any given time. 

We started off with the meatball appetizer.

Flavor-wise, it was pretty good, but texture-wise, the outside was tough.  They were definitely overcooked.  Loren ordered a dinner which came with house salad, three bean appetizer and soup. 

He really liked the dressing on the salad and even though he thought he didn’t want the three bean appetizer, he liked it so much that he scarfed the entire thing.  The garlic bread brought to the table was pretty good, except for the burnt pieces hiding at the bottom.

After he finished his salad, we waited and waited for our soup to come out.  His drink glass was empty at this point at well. 

Our waitress brought my bowl of soup out, but not Loren’s.  She also said she’d refill his drink, but then disappeared again. 

The pasta fagioli was really good.  I didn’t realize I had ordered a bowl instead of a cup of soup, so I ended up with some leftovers.  It had good flavors and the veggies and pasta weren’t mushy, which was nice.  There were also pieces of sausage in it. 

Eventually, Loren’s soup and another drink came out.

His was a minestrone soup that had a lot of potatoes in it.  Again, nice flavors overall. 

As we waited for our entrees, several other parties came into the restaurant and to our amazement, the host kept seating them in our waitress’ area.  I was stunned.  There was another waiter working and he spent the majority of his time clearing the table of a big party of his that just left.  I wanted to warn the new patrons to not expect much in the way of service, but I bit my tongue.  Instead we watched them get ignored as much as we had been. 

Our entrees finally arrived and they were both lukewarm.  The mushrooms on mine were actually cold.  They had obviously been sitting in the kitchen for sometime before our waitress brought them out.  So disappointing.  Again, the flavors were pretty good, but I took the majority of it home so I could at least microwave it to a normal temperature.

I ordered the chicken marsala and Loren ordered the chicken with artichokes.  Both came with a side of spaghetti.

And then to top things off, when I asked for some boxes, our waitress walked off with my water glass.  Who does that?  I went to get a drink while we waited for her to bring our check and I realized it was gone. 

When we went to pay, the host asked us how our dinner was and we told him how bad she was as a waitress.  He was completely unaware.  I told him the other patrons in her area were already deeply disappointed as one couple had been sitting there for a good 15 minutes and she had yet to stop by their table. 

Total bill after the coupon was $27.  Unfortunately, the Restaurant.com coupons include an automatic tip for the wait staff, because otherwise, we wouldn’t have left her a dime.

Julian’s Little Italy
916-A Patricia Ave
Dunedin, FL
727-734-8989

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Food4/5
Service1/5
Atmosphere3/5
Value3/5
2.8/5
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  • Hello Grandma


    A couple of guys at work have been raving about the Grandma’s pizza at Corteo’s in Palm Harbor so it was time for me to check it out and see what all the fuss was about.

    We started out with some soup, salad and bread.

    The pasta e fagioli was good, but needed a little salt.  It had two kinds of pasta in it, a small tube pasta which I normally see in the dish as well as some noodles like you’d see in chicken noodle soup. The veggies and beans were a little mushy, but I kinda like it that way.  The bread had a wonderful flavor to it, but would have been so much better fresh out of the oven instead of reheated. 

    We settled on a Grandma’s pizza with mushrooms and meatballs.

    It only comes in one size, a 16″ x 16″ square.  My hats off to the guys at work, this pizza was awesome.  The crust was crispy and the chunky tomato sauce was amazing.  You tasted basil and garlic and the meatballs had a wonderful flavor too.  Everything had a homemade, fresh taste almost as if my Italian Grandma was back there in the kitchen with them. 

    We had plenty of leftovers which will make for an awesome lunch tomorrow.  I also ordered a cannoli to go.

    It was a little disappointing.  The filling was good, but the shell wasn’t crispy enough.   Overall though, a wonderful meal for $30.  We’ll definitely be back to visit Grandma again.  It’s going to be hard to not order a pizza every time we go, but I’d love to try to the pasta too.

    Corteo’s Pizza and Pasta
    32922 US Hwy 19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL
    727-781-9114

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    We called around to a few places to see who was open on Memorial Day and ended up at Georgie Boy Restaurant in Clearwater.

    They have a big menu with lots of choices.  We both ordered off of the specials menu with came with bread, soup or salad, and dessert.

    Loren got a salad & and I got the cream of chicken soup.

    The soup was very flavorful.  Definitely homemade.

     Bread baskets always make me happy.  For our entrees, Loren ordered the roast beef dinner which came with mashed potatoes and corn.

    Down home goodness on a plate.  Nothing fancy, just good food and lots of it.  I ordered the fettucine with meatballs.

    Gotta love a place that actually gives you a bunch of meatballs.  The sauce was really good, very similar to my grandmother’s recipe.  The meatballs were also very tasty and had a nice consistency.  I ended up taking half of it home for leftovers.

    For dessert, we both decided to get cheesecake.  There were some options that came with dinner or you could substitute cheesecake for half price.

    This was a decandent NY style cheesecake.  Very thick and rich with a delicate flavor.  There were a few other desserts in the dessert case that looked amazing. 

    Total dinner was $25.  Great value, and lots of tasty food.  This is definitely a place we’ll try again.

    Georgie Boy Restaurant
    1101 S Missouri Ave
    Clearwater, FL
    727-442-1217

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    Food0/5
    Service0/5
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    Cozy Italian


    I wanted to catch a sunset off the Dunedin Causeway tonight, so we searched for a place in Dunedin that we hadn’t been to before and ended up at Joseph’s Little Italy on Patricia Ave.

    It’s a cozy little restaurant with a big menu of Italian dishes. 

    Loren ordered one of the dinners which came with a homemade three bean salad, a tossed salad, bowl of Minestrone soup, and garlic bread.  I ordered a cup of the pasta e fagioli soup and a side of meatballs.

    The meatballs and tomato sauce were really tasty.  They were definitely homemade with a good Italian recipe.  Loren liked the three bean salad and said the house salad dressing was really good too.  Same goes for both soups and the garlic bread.  We hadn’t even gotten our entrees and our tastebuds were already quite happy.

    Any restaurant that brings me a big ol’ basket of garlic bread gets a high rating in my book.  The bread was soft with a nice garlic taste. 

    Then came the entress.  Loren ordered the Cannelloni a la Joseph.

    Homemade cannelloni stuffed with a sausage and cheese filling, then covered in mozzarella cheese and sauce.  It had a nice texture and the sausage and cheese blended well together.  The sausage wasn’t overpowering.

    I ordered the fettucini alfredo.

    The sauce had mushrooms and prosciutto in it but it wasn’t as light and creamy as I prefer my alfredo sauce.  This was a thicker sauce and just didn’t have the flavors I was looking for. 

    But, then came the 3D Chocolate Cake.

    I wasn’t sure I wanted to share.  The cake was soft and fudgy with layers of  chocolate mousse and whipped cream on the side.  Good stuff.

    Total bill was $40 and this is definitely a place we’ll go back to.  The food was authentic and the atmosphere was pleasant.  

    And here’s that sunset…

    Joseph’s Little Italy
    916-A Patricia Ave
    Dunedin, FL
    727-734-8989

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    Food4/5
    Service4/5
    Atmosphere4/5
    Value4/5
    4.0/5
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  • Filed under: Dunedin, Italian