Interesting piece...I live out here in Los Angeles and would like to know the prefix to the phone number in case I visit the area.
I must say, I was a bit dismayed at the opening quote of your article. I find it interesting that the many employees that helped build Marzio's and were then paid with bad checks are the "bad" employees the manager was referring to. I certainly hope that this manager understands who he is representing when he makes such accusations. The owner of Marzio's is verbally and physically abusive as well as offensive and did nothing to contribute except playing video games. These "bad" employees, who the manager is offending, were paid with bad checks and never compensated for their time. I only hope the experience of the many "bad" employees does not happen to this manager. There is a reason why this restaurants start is bumpy, this reason is the owner. This owner is trying to leave town to avoid the many debts he has accumulated with the opening of this restaurant. If I were this manager I would be careful what I say and make sure that I was getting paid or I might become a "bad" employee myself.
If you're wanting a solid Chicago-style deep dish, um, sadly, I haven't found one. I dream of home ... and Lou Malnati's, Gino's East, etc...
Where is good Deep Dish pizza in this town?
I'm amazed that you feel it's among the better Tex-Mex restaurants in the area. We live in Falcon, and have eaten at Poblano's a couple of times. The portions were skimpy, the food was bland and the service was awful. No need to go there now that we have La Mission - why don't you review that restaurant.
Everyone in Falcon I've talked to about it agrees: Poblano's is definitely NOT a welcome addition to the Falcon area!
I have been looking for Chuck and Sandy for years. I'm from California and lived in the Spgs. I remember always giving Chuck a bad time when my San Diego Chargers would play the Bronco's back in the 80's. If anyone knows where I can find my old time lost Friends, Please let me know. Thank You. Janet
Dat's Italian provides a great value for the amount of food that is offered. You can pay more and get better tasting food but, in this economy, I find Dat's Italian fitting in to most people's budget and taste buds. If you are looking for the best Italian food, be prepared to pay for the best. In Colorado Springs, Dat's Italian will be fine for most people. They will continue to get better and find a niche in the restaurant business.
I read your article, and I would have to say that I had a different experience. Tonight I had a horrible experience there. I had eaten lunch there a year ago and the food was average compared to the Saigon Cafe and other Vietnamese restaurants I've frequented around the world. I decided to give them another chance and try their dinner. I would like to say it tasted great, but I never got a chance to sample it. I arrived at 8:40 p.m. and the waitress gave me a strange look and asked if she could help me, and I told her I was there to have dinner. She told me they were closed. I looked at my watch and remembered the sign outside said they closed at 9:00 p.m., so I asked her if the sign was right. She said yes, but the kitchen closes at 8:30 p.m. I was a little confounded, so I asked her if the kitchen closed at 8:30 p.m. why would the sign say they closed at 9:00 p.m.? She had another confused look on her face, so I just asked her if she had a comment card. She said no, so I asked her if I could talk to the manager. She pointed at an elderly man sweeping the floor. I asked him if he was the manager, and he said that he was the owner. I pointed out to him that if the kitchen was going to close at 8:30 they probably should show the closing time at 8:30, and because of their unwillingness to serve me they were going to lose a customer. His only response was, well we don't need customers like you. That was my cue to leave. Well, that didn't keep him from continuing his rant with many expletives as I was walking out of the restaurant and trying to leave. The waitress was grabbing his arm to keep him from continuing outside, but she was unable to stop him. As I was getting in my vehicle I noticed the sign above the restaurant, and I couldn't help but point out to him that they were nowhere close to being as good as the Saigon Cafe. I told him that they understand customer service, and I asked him if he knew about the concept of the customer is always right. His answer to me was that is an "American" thing. For a second there I actually had to remind myself that I was in America. My parting picture of that dining experience is of the owner waving his middle finger at me as I was driving away. Needless to say I well never set foot in that establishment again, and if this restaurant ever ends up on your list of Best Of, I would have to question the validity of your restaurant ratings. Definitely on the list of the Worst Of!
I tried the tacos al pastor today and they were great. It's great to have something mexican that is distinctly different from standard taco fare. The colorful avocado slice and sauteed onion bits complement the meat and beans perfectly. The hot sauce, served on the side, is tasty, and again, not like you will get elsewhere. i would like to add more sauce to the tacos next times to make it all juicier, but would have to ask for a green sauce, or something milder than the hot sauce, as its a tad spicey to consume in quantity. The dining room was neat and clean, and tended to by the family, making the inside appear much better than you'd expect from the outside appearance of this older, small, neighborhood strip mall. I'll be back and will enjoy trying as many new dishes as I can find.
I always enjoyed La petite Maison traditional French cuisine.
Henry Chaperon now at the Bistro, dishes out the same excellent
French cuisine. Bravo.
A appreciative follower
I live on the westside, and always try a new local restaurant twice. I went to Dat's Italian
with a friend, on Memorial Day weekend. I ordered a meatball sandwich. The bread was awful and the meatballs should have been cut in half - I ate the innards and left the bread. I almost didn't give the place a 2nd try, but I'm really glad I did. The next time, I had the lasagne and meat sauce and it was fabulous. I've been back again, and can't stay away from the lasagne, so it may be a while before I work my way further into the menu. The bread served with the lasagne are tasty, tasty little square rolls, sometimes white, sometimes multi-grain. Which, appears to mean that they're buying better bread now. The bread at a good Italian restaurant should be crusty and fight your teeth for the bite, and, well, be a memorable part of the meal. The staff has been very attentive and pleasant. Perhaps one of the previous commentators, above, went there when the place was newly opened and the kinks were still being worked out. It is a good, working-class neighborhood restaurant, with very good value for the money.
all you people who have ate a south jersey sub and not liked it have no clue what food should taste like the food there is excellent and as for the staff they are great they must have seen the reporter coming from a mile away and known he was a douche not a bad thing if you run out of food ,it means its good
most places in the springs pretty much suck . the food at south jersey subs is awesome and the owner is great . for those who dont like it you dont know great food go to subway or some other colorado springs favorite
Glad to hear La Petite Maison lives on in the form of Le Bistro.
The wife and I went there in May, we had the cheese shells and spaghetti and meatballs. My meatballs were so over cooked and dried out I could not even cut them. Our waiter never came back to our table after giving us our meals, even to ask if we needed anything our to refill our beverage glasses. We did over hear the table behind us also complaining about the meatballs. When we went to check out , after waiting for 15 min for our waiter to come back as we wanted to try the canola’s ( never did) we informed the casher about the lack of service and how bad the meatballs were. While she did not let us pay, and insisted we come back some other day. We still have not been back to see if there are any better.
I'm not sure whose website you were looking at, but it wasn't ours. For the second time now, I have reviewed all deleted comments from the past month, and found none related to this May 27 Dat's Italian review. Nor do I remember ever having seen any comments posted on this review, until yours.
I don't know what else to say — except that if you look back through our archives, I think you'll find that we have no problem letting readers disagree with our opinions online.
You can say there were no comments prior to mine all you want.....that does not make it true. There were at least a dozen comments, all in support of Dats Italian....and I am not the only one who saw them. Do you think your readers are really that stupid? I would expect this from other papers.......I am very disappointed to see this happening at the Independent.
Thanks for your comment, but I can assure you that (1) we've pulled no comments related to this story -- yours is the first, and will remain online -- and (2) Bryce visited Dat's Italian more than once.
I am compelled to write as I am not sure you actually dined in the establishment you have reviewed......I have been there on more than one occasion.....and I can say without a doubt that it is one of the best Italian restaurant's in this town. We have taken family from out of town - and they all agree. I have been in the food industry for 20+ years, and I believe that your review really was way off base. Maybe there was another motive??? Tonight we dined on two of the specials....Linguine with clams and eggplant parmesan. The Linguine with clams had the lightest, most flavorful sauce...more of a broth really.....simply exquisite. Eggplant parmesan is a dish that is very often not done correctly. This was absolutely perfect. I know that my husband and I will be regular customers, and everyone that was there this evening clearly enjoyed their meals. I am quite sure that there were comments posted on here when the article first came out.....I have to wonder what happened to them - or if MY review will even be posted.
well i realy like Bobbi's Restaurant the food is grate
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