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Comment Archives: stories: Food & Drink: Appetite

Re: “Shake, rattle and rolls

Mr. Yarnell, the post you are responding to is almost a year old, and you think that poster is an idiot? Prices do go up, but new menus MUST be printed before charging the new prices. What the restaurant did is considered fraud. It would be a shame for such a good restaurant to be put out of business due to a stupid oversight.

One word of advice, there is no simpler of way of announcing that you are an idiot on this or any blog than by calling someone else an idiot.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/13/2012 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Shake, rattle and rolls

@red dragon, your an idiot..... Do you not understand the rising economy and the need to raise prices? Albeit that it was probably not all that nice of them to raise there price, but I guarantee they had the disclaimer posted somewhere in their store. When they decided to raise the all you can eat dinner menu to 27.95, it was adorned on the walls on peices of paper for months before hand. Maybe instead of being quick to judge you should have opened your eyes. This is by far THE BEST sushi In Colorado springs, hands down. If you dont wanna go anymore thats fine..... More suishi for me!!! I highly recommend suishi ring to anyone that wants to have a good time, with good food and friends.

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Posted by Steven Yarnell on 03/13/2012 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Half-baked

We (my husband, sister, brother-in-law and I) have been dining at Ficco's at least once a week since New Year's Eve. Two of us are 100% Italian, one is Sicilian, and the other has been part of the Italian family for more than 40 years. We know Italian food, and Ficco's is excellent! No fancy airs, no attitudes - just wonderfully prepared homemade food. Mel and Nicole are warm, funny, caring hosts, who just want you to enjoy your meal. Pass the word about Ficco's - this is one restaurant that has to be kept in town for years to come.

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Posted by jerryanna on 03/02/2012 at 1:23 PM

Re: “M'm m'm good

I hear you, totally, it's just that role (the public one) is filled by another person. I love Kevin's culinary style, so very much. I'm just jealous you get to inhabit both roles, public and critic. No judgment meant.

Posted by Colorado Springs Eats on 03/01/2012 at 11:57 AM

Re: “M'm m'm good

Colorado Springs Eats,
Well, as we did, you could simply include a disclaimer that you obviously weren't able to remain anonymous in this setting (unless you make the reso in a fake name and climb into a wig and fat-suit).
With Kevin prepping all week for these dinners, my presumption is that he would give equal care to his food whether he knew a critic is coming or not. I didn't feel that I received any better treatment than my co-diners that night. The family-style dining lends to creating your own portions anyway, and I poured my own wine.
We all drifted between the prep kitchen to watch Kevin work and our table in the market. He'll always be on display (so on his best manners), so I feel that we got a real sampling of what it's all about.
Your publication may feel differently, but I'd say that it is more important to inform your readers of this cool new pop-up inspired scene than to avoid covering it, in the name of anonymity. Plus, I think you'd dig it.

Posted by Matthew Schniper on 03/01/2012 at 10:40 AM

Re: “M'm m'm good

Sounds so fantastic! Wish I could go, but rather hard to attend such a small function anonymously. Boo.

Posted by Colorado Springs Eats on 03/01/2012 at 7:53 AM

Re: “Half-baked

I actually drove by this a few times and wanted to come in and try them out. I read this and decided to see for myself. I'm so glad that I trusted my instincts. I came in and had the spaghetti and meatballs and my buddy had the lasagna. The spaghetti and meatballs were outstanding! The sauce was perfect and the meatballs are mouthwatering good!!! The lasagna that my buddy got was easily the best one in this town, as I was glad that he made me try some of his... The homemade bread is perfect and the salad dressing I had was distinctive and yummy!!! This is a must try people! I'm really glad I found this little place and plan to come back again and again.

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Posted by TimmyTebowFan1515 on 02/01/2012 at 3:35 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Wow, harsh! I, through word of mouth, stopped in for lunch at Ficco's. What a marvelous experience. Mel was incredibly solicitous and charming and the lasagna and cannoli, WOW!!! I have a dear friend that has trained as a chef here in the Springs and lasagna is her specialty. She likes Carrabas and Biaggi's but insists, along with her sister, that Ficco's lasagna is the best. I would suggest folks that you go in and see for yourself. It was a critic that stopped me from seeing the Titanic when it came out, NO MORE OF OTHERS OPINIONS FOR ME!! EXPERIENCE IT FOR YOURSELF!!!! I would imagine that after Bryce's review your experience will be even better! Bon appetite!!!

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Posted by Diana Davis on 01/28/2012 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Half-baked

First off I would like to say that one so called food critic varies from to another and another thing is that some peoples ideas of home cooked meals are construed.. Ficcos Little Italy is a great establishment with delicious fresh food that is brought to the community with there best interests at heart.. The environment is very welcoming and one definately gets the feel of being welcomed and the sense of being family.. It's family owned establishments like this that are forgotten in todays society filled with pre-packaged food and everything frozen.. Franchise establishments use the worst of the worst n people flock to the mediocricy and don't take the time to appreciate a small business with so much to offer. Take the time to stop in and be greeted with a smile and have an amazing home cooked meal with great variety and continue to support small businesses that are the backbone of the restuarant business. By the way the lasagna is to die for and will continue to be a returning customer for years to come.

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Posted by Eric Cutty Castro on 01/27/2012 at 10:02 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Hi Mel,

Thanks for writing. I've actually already made my second visit, as we always make two appearances at any restaurant we review.

Good luck with everything.

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Posted by Bryce E. Crawford on 01/27/2012 at 9:31 AM

Re: “Half-baked

Bryce,

Good Evening…
Thank you for trying our establishment. We are sorry that your experience was not a positive one.

We did not get involved in the restaurant business with the expectation that everyone would like our food. It would be ignorant of me to believe that all of Colorado Springs is going to love Ficco’s food. What we do offer is an alternative as there are about 5 family owned Italian restaurants in town.

We invite everyone to come try our food and see for yourself.

While it appears that your palate does not agree with our recipes it would be unfair to change these recipes for the hundreds of customers that currently enjoy Ficco’s on a weekly and even a daily basis. We are a new restaurant only 2 months old and are committed to providing the best experience we can for every single customer that comes through our door. I feel that maybe your expectation was based upon an establishment that charges twice that for its entrees and appetizers.

We offer great food and a great experience for a reasonable price in these tough economic times.

As for a 2nd visit (as Matthew Schniper suggests that you perform.) I’m not sure is necessary nor productive as it appears that your palate does not agree with our family recipes.

To those of you that frequent and enjoy our restaurant we thank you for your business, as it is an absolute pleasure for us to serve you. We are committed, to keeping all of you as happy customers of our establishment.

Sincerely,
Mel Glyman
Co-Owner of Ficco’s Little Italy

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Posted by SKYSCRAPER330 on 01/26/2012 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Btw...what experience do you have to have to be a food critic at the Independent? I will stick with a credible source from now on. Credibility is worth a lot. I'm sure the publisher would not have let this publish if he received free grub from this establishment like he does from other local establishments.

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Posted by Katherine1334 on 01/26/2012 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Half-baked

You are jimmiedoo! I can't wait to hear about your third visit.

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Posted by Katherine1334 on 01/26/2012 at 8:32 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Hi Katherine1334,
Speaking as the Indy's other food critic and longtime organizer of our food coverage, I can assure you of a couple things.
A) Though I don't know who Jimmiedoo is, I can assure you he doesn't work for us because we don't have any trained chefs on staff.
B) We have been making second visits for many many years at the Indy, as part of our general review method. We almost always make a second visit, unless the eatery is located in Pueblo or a decent drive from us. Follow-up visits are almost always used by serious publications to gauge consistency and allow room for both improvement or deterioration.

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Posted by Matthew Schniper on 01/26/2012 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Jimmiedoo obviously works for the Independent as well. It wasn't the owner that rallied the troops, it was me! Simply because me and my friends love the food there. You may be a "foodie" whatever that means but my friend is a graduate from culinary arts school and she says that she has never had better lasagna. You are an idiot...read the entire article. This idiot, like you, says that on their SECOND visit, the server remembered them. This raises a question; why go back for a second visit. Typical Independent IGNORANCE! Readers should NOT believe this nonsense.

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Posted by Katherine1334 on 01/26/2012 at 7:59 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Hey readers, the writer did give credit for their sandwiches and desserts. I am a foodie and a trained chef and have eaten at the restaurant and had much the same experience as the critic. Some of the food is good, however the attention to detail is missing in many instances. If you have a restaurant, you must bring to the table exactly what you advertise on your menu. Or, you need to let me know you're making substitutions before you bring me my order.

I do find it ironic that all the comments came so close together. I have to wonder if "someone" didn't call their friends and have them slam the critic? I've found the commentary of both food critics at the Indy to be on target a good majority of the time; I don't think that he missed the mark this time. A review like this is an awesome opportunity as an owner to evaluate your restaurant with another person's viewpoint and make improvements if needed!

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Posted by jimmiedoo on 01/26/2012 at 6:11 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Wow!! Who is this guy. Who puts someone's buseness down like that. I've ate there and the food is amazing. I have had great service and never ran into any problems wih the food. Sounds like he was having a bad day and took it out on ficco's. I will be back to eat, don't worry Ficco's keep your head up your food is amazing.

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Posted by Eman on 01/26/2012 at 4:29 PM

Re: “Half-baked

This review is sooooo off base! The food at Ficco's is not only affordable but delicious in my opinion. I am very picky about lasagna and theirs is fantastic. It sounds to me like the Indy is now in the business of putting small business out of business or maybe their tight with the owners of "other" italian restaurants in the area...that wouldn't surprise me at all. Keep up the good work of hurting small business in a down economy.

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Posted by RCV on 01/26/2012 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Wow!! Who puts someone's buseness down like that. Who is this guy. I have ate there many times and the food is great. I never ran into any of those problems that guy ran into. People out there try it yourself and you will be convinced. Sounds like he was having a bad day and took it out on Ficco's. Keep your head up your food is amazing.

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Posted by Eman on 01/26/2012 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Half-baked

Hey bro, did we eat at the same restaurant? They have the best food plus special bonuses like the home-like atmosphere and the ridiculously affordable prices. The Nani's Lasagna and Capone Sandwich are out of this world. Great place to bring the entire family.Great place too to stop after work and bring home-cooked meals back to the family. Don't listen to others, just go in, and judge for yourself. Enjoy the best treat in town!

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Posted by god'sgrace on 01/26/2012 at 4:10 PM

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