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(Washington Post)   Food critic demolishes upscale chain of Polish-Italian restaurants that has recently arrived in America. "'This is like Olive Garden,' I say to a friend...and found myself eating my words." It's far worse   (washingtonpost.com) divider line 140
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2013-06-20 12:10:29 PM
this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".
 
2013-06-20 01:09:02 PM
The worst part is, the DC Metro area has some of the best restaurants in the country, and they are everywhere. You can get any type of food from anywhere around the world, and its delicious and not too expensive.
 
2013-06-20 01:12:42 PM
Maybe it's just me, but I really don't see the point in paying for Italian food at a restaurant. I've found that most Italian recipes are very forgiving, can be made on the cheap, and with local ingredients. While I don't make my own pasta or own a wood-fired oven, I can't say I've ever had anything at a restaurant that couldn't be done (often better) at home, and I'm no Wolfgang Puck or whatever...
 
2013-06-20 01:20:03 PM
Unless it has a Red Lobster right next door to it where you can start off your night of Italian dining with a delicious plate or three of Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits, it ain't like Olive Garden.
 
2013-06-20 01:21:35 PM
I'll say it. I like the Olive Garden. I don't eat there that often (we don't have one here yet) and I don't kid myself that it's the pinnacle of cooking, but I like the salad, the soup and the marsala. Its fine. Plenty of worse things to hate on in the world.
 
2013-06-20 01:37:33 PM

Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".


Amen to that.  Reviews like that make me want to try out places to see if they're really that bad.
 
2013-06-20 01:50:24 PM

Pocket Ninja: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits


I could murder a plate of those right about now...
 
2013-06-20 01:55:18 PM

xanadian: Pocket Ninja: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I could murder a plate of those right about now...


The last time I was at Red Lobster I took a bunch of those home and made pretty amazing biscuits and gravy with them. Now ask yourself why you haven't thought of that yet!
 
2013-06-20 02:02:23 PM
But do zey have pickled cucumber to chase vodak with?
 
2013-06-20 02:02:51 PM

Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".


You are 100% wrong.

Sietsma reviews everything.
He doesn't give high-$ restaurants a free ride just because they used to be good.
He puts a ridiculous amount of energy into disguises so the kitchen can't give him out-of-the-ordinary service.
 
2013-06-20 02:06:15 PM
well if you're eating italian food from a polish based chain of restaurants you *may* be doing something wrong
 
2013-06-20 02:07:50 PM
A Polish-Italian restaurant?  What do they serve?  Spaghetti and mothballs?
 
2013-06-20 02:08:25 PM
And if I wanted fish like that, I would have BURNED A BOX OF MRS. PAULS'!!!!

Seriously, it sounds like the Italian anti-defamation league actually could have a legit gripe with this chain.
 
2013-06-20 02:08:48 PM

Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".


Seitsema is normally pretty even-keeled. If he put this much effort into a scathing review he must have had a bad dining experience.
 
2013-06-20 02:08:53 PM
Annnnd it's pretty hard to fark up Italian food, as well.  It takes a special kind of incompetence to make inedible a cuisine based on bread, cheese, and tomatoes.
 
PJ-
2013-06-20 02:09:54 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: xanadian: Pocket Ninja: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I could murder a plate of those right about now...

The last time I was at Red Lobster I took a bunch of those home and made pretty amazing biscuits and gravy with them. Now ask yourself why you haven't thought of that yet!


Last time I was at Red Lobster, some guy at the waiting bar places and order for '1 Bud light, 2 straws'.  Niiiiiiiiiiiice
 
2013-06-20 02:10:23 PM

The_Sponge: A Polish-Italian restaurant?  What do they serve?  Spaghetti and mothballs?


Dear The_Sponge,

A large quantity of win was just delivered for you. Where should I have them put it?
 
2013-06-20 02:10:31 PM

The_Sponge: A Polish-Italian restaurant?  What do they serve?  Spaghetti and mothballs?


That, and why do all their sub sandwiches have little screen doors on them?
 
2013-06-20 02:10:32 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: xanadian: Pocket Ninja: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I could murder a plate of those right about now...

The last time I was at Red Lobster I took a bunch of those home and made pretty amazing biscuits and gravy with them. Now ask yourself why you haven't thought of that yet!


My God.

I just gained 3 lbs just THINKING about that!

/actually found a recipe that makes a reasonable facsimile of those biscuits
//haven't made them in a long time, though
 
2013-06-20 02:11:02 PM

xanadian: Pocket Ninja: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I could murder a plate of those right about now...


Who do you think you are, Aaron Hernandez?
 
2013-06-20 02:11:26 PM
Good.  I don't care if he does sound pompous, I get tired of every food critic either gushing over average food, or at worst going with "plain".  That being said, I don't go "out" for Italian food.  I generally despise the way pasta is cooked in restaurants I can afford on a regular basis (that is an important caveat).  I can purchase excellent fresh pasta made locally, or sometimes I make my own.  Sauces are easy to make.  I just enjoy Italian inspired food better at home most of the time.  Now seafood....that's a go out for.
 
2013-06-20 02:11:38 PM

Prank Call of Cthulhu: A large quantity of win was just delivered for you. Where should I have them put it?


Heh. My front door is fine.  Thank you.


nucular bum: That, and why do all their sub sandwiches have little screen doors on them?



I LOL'd.
 
2013-06-20 02:11:57 PM

Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".


I agree with the snobbish part. But to be slightly fair, the way he described some of the food did make it sound kind of gross. He didn't just say he hated it, but was pretty descriptive on the way it was made, which is what I like in reviews. I hate critics who don't give specifics on why something stunk, or is really good, and he at least gave some details.

Not sure if I would want to try that place or not, half the dishes he described sounded like stuff you'd expect a bunch of college kids to be eating, the weird combinations of foods.And that one picture of the shrimp pizza thing, had me going wtf.
 
2013-06-20 02:12:52 PM

Lsherm: Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".

Amen to that.  Reviews like that make me want to try out places to see if they're really that bad.


Reverse psychology works really well on most 5 year olds. Think about that.
 
2013-06-20 02:13:36 PM

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Sauces are easy to make. I just enjoy Italian inspired food better at home most of the time. Now seafood....that's a go out for.



Seconded.

I will fully confess that I cheat....I buy a decent sauce in a jar, but I make up for it by cooking the Italian sausage with garlic and shallots in a pan.  Besides, when I'm at home, I can enjoy Casino or Goodfellas while I'm cooking and eating.
 
2013-06-20 02:13:58 PM

tlchwi02: well if you're eating italian food from a polish based chain of restaurants you *may* be doing something wrong


Hmmm...  I'd have to try it first.

Here in New Mexico, the Italian restaurants typically add our wonderful green chiles to certain dishes.  I can attest that the Fettuccine Alfredo with sausage and Hatch green chile is a glorious dish.
 
2013-06-20 02:14:36 PM
There's a mom and pop Italian deli / restaurant here in downtown Deland that is AMAZING. Plenty of
food and cheap prices too, so it's a hit with the Stetson U. crowd up the block.

Their alfredo is to die for. Always just enough sauce. Not so much that the pasta is swimming in it and
not so little that the poor things are shivering from cold. It tops out at 8 bucks and includes a salad and
a loaf of heavenly garlic bread. A LOAF. Not a slice of Texas toast, but an honest to goodness loaf of
buttery, garlicky goodness.

Their stromboli is a masterpiece. The small, which runs about 6 bucks including two extra toppings, is
enough to feed two people.

And lastly, the anti-pasto salad. Ho-lee chit is that some good eatin'. A hefty bed of greens topped with
tomato, onion, TONS of ham, salami, and prosciutto, plus home made potato or macaroni salad, and
pickled  veggies on the side. One of those will last me for two days.

God bless you, Bellini's!
 
2013-06-20 02:15:12 PM

FrancoFile: Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".

You are 100% wrong.

Sietsma reviews everything.
He doesn't give high-$ restaurants a free ride just because they used to be good.
He puts a ridiculous amount of energy into disguises so the kitchen can't give him out-of-the-ordinary service.


So he's like the Gene Parmesan of restaurant critic's?
 
2013-06-20 02:15:16 PM

tuna fingers: tlchwi02: well if you're eating italian food from a polish based chain of restaurants you *may* be doing something wrong

Hmmm...  I'd have to try it first.

Here in New Mexico, the Italian restaurants typically add our wonderful green chiles to certain dishes.  I can attest that the Fettuccine Alfredo with sausage and Hatch green chile is a glorious dish.



I've got it!  What if somebody made tamales stuffed with Italian sausage and tomato sauce?

Yummmmmmm.
 
2013-06-20 02:17:03 PM

FrancoFile: He puts a ridiculous amount of energy into disguises so the kitchen can't give him out-of-the-ordinary service.



That, or so they don't skeet into his food because his last review was overly negative.
 
2013-06-20 02:18:24 PM
This guy's writing style makes me want to beat him with a baguette until he cries bitter tears of EVOO.
 
2013-06-20 02:18:35 PM
I hate critics who immediately poo-poo everything they eat.
 
2013-06-20 02:19:17 PM
This is just a hunch but I'm thinking this self-absorbed, snobbish twat had to pay for his meal.
 
2013-06-20 02:20:11 PM

Wellon Dowd: I hate critics who immediately poo-poo everything they eat.


I can usually wait until at least after dessert, but I prefer to poo-poo at home.
 
2013-06-20 02:21:09 PM
The writer may be supercilious, but that restaurant sounds dreadful.
 
2013-06-20 02:21:24 PM
The minestrone was pallid.  PALLID.
 
2013-06-20 02:22:11 PM
Q: Why did the Polish kid have holes in his forehead?

A: From learning to eat with a fork.
 
2013-06-20 02:22:42 PM

Wellon Dowd: I hate critics who immediately poo-poo everything they eat.


My wifey works at a newspaper.  She has gone on some of the food tastings for their critic.  She says if a resteraunt gets a bad review, it is really bad.  Their critic at least will go on different nights, to get different servers, possibly different cooks, order different dishes, or if one was really bad try it again to see if it was a fluke that it was bad, etc.

For that critic at least, a bad review means the restaurant is truly and consistently bad.
 
2013-06-20 02:23:45 PM
Q:  What do you call a group of Polish guys wearing turbans?
A:  A pack of Stanleys.
 
2013-06-20 02:25:11 PM

Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".


They should send him to Fazoli's next week.
 
2013-06-20 02:25:19 PM

tlchwi02: well if you're eating italian food from a polish based chain of restaurants you *may* be doing something wrong


Hey, pierogi and ravioli are practically the same thing.....
 
2013-06-20 02:25:23 PM
True Olive Garden story:

Friends and I went to the Time Square location for the fun of slumming it.

Our food snobbery was validated when we watched a waiter pour wine from a wine glass back into the bottle.
 
2013-06-20 02:26:30 PM
The_Sponge:

I will fully confess that I cheat....I buy a decent sauce in a jar, but I make up for it by cooking the Italian sausage with garlic and shallots in a pan.  Besides, when I'm at home, I can enjoy Casino or Goodfellas while I'm cooking and eating.

Yep.  I usually buy canned tomatoes after I run out of whatever I froze from summer, saute a little garlic, red pepper, maybe some dried oregano in olive oil, toss in a can of diced tomatoes, add some basil or such, simmer and run down with my stick blender.  Sauce.  And the whole time I can be barefoot, watching something cheesy, being loud and drinking wine.  It's a good time.  :)
 
2013-06-20 02:26:43 PM

xanadian: thismomentinblackhistory: xanadian: Pocket Ninja: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I could murder a plate of those right about now...

The last time I was at Red Lobster I took a bunch of those home and made pretty amazing biscuits and gravy with them. Now ask yourself why you haven't thought of that yet!

My God.

I just gained 3 lbs just THINKING about that!

/actually found a recipe that makes a reasonable facsimile of those biscuits
//haven't made them in a long time, though


scene7.samsclub.com

I saw this recently at Sam's Club.

I was afraid to try it, I'm not sure why.   I think my subconscious generated images of lobstery ghosts swirling around my kitchen after their release from the box, and my face melting into the mixing bowl.
 
2013-06-20 02:26:57 PM

tuna fingers: tlchwi02: well if you're eating italian food from a polish based chain of restaurants you *may* be doing something wrong

Hmmm...  I'd have to try it first.

Here in New Mexico, the Italian restaurants typically add our wonderful green chiles to certain dishes.  I can attest that the Fettuccine Alfredo with sausage and Hatch green chile is a glorious dish.


I'm here in NM too. I gotta say Mac & cheese w/ green chile is awesome. Those creamy dishes balanced out with the chilies rock.
 
2013-06-20 02:27:25 PM
La Tagliatella in Arlington makes a strong case for hazard pay for restaurant critics.


Right, because the person with the most dangerous job in the world who risks his life on a daily basis so much so that he deserves additonal compensation is someone who eats for a living.
 
2013-06-20 02:29:18 PM

The_Sponge: Q:  What do you call a group of Polish guys wearing turbans?
A:  A pack of Stanleys.


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2013-06-20 02:30:41 PM

Cewley: this place may be a shiathole, but this "critic" defines the term "snobbish asshole".


Snobbish asshole is pretty much the job description so I hold no resentment.

Besides that place sounds shallow and pedantic.
 
2013-06-20 02:30:56 PM

thornhill: True Olive Garden story:

Friends and I went to the Time Square location for the fun of slumming it.

Our food snobbery was validated when we watched a waiter pour wine from a wine glass back into the bottle.


It's called "aerating".
 
2013-06-20 02:35:20 PM

ferretman: Q: Why did the Polish kid have holes in his forehead?

A: From learning to eat with a fork.


I Lold. I also told a co-worker who was passing thru just then and he did also.
 
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