This will be an honest, objective and metered review without exaggeration. My fiance and I were staying at a nearby B&B (A Newfound Bed and Breakfast...which is phenomenal BTW) and decided to give this restaurant a shot based on its affiliation with The Comman Man. I've only been to The Common Man in Merrimack, NH and love it. The Italian Farmhouse was quite the opposite experience and we aren't fussy people, we just expect to receive a respectable value for our money.
We arrived without reservations on a Friday night (last night) and decided to sit in the bar to have a drink before we were seated at our dinner table (25-30 min wait, which is understandable). The place was almost at 100% capacity and only had one bartender serving drinks to 20-25 seats in the bar AND the restaurant itself. I'm no food service professional, but that screams understaffed to me. We waited a solid 15 minutes for a mint tea and a Harpoon UFO. The mint tea never came...Jana was given a variety box; none of which was a mint tea (even though they said they had it). My UFO was past date and the worst beer I've had in a long time...and I've had UFO before.
After we were finally seated, it took the waitress 10-15 minutes to even address us. We ordered a couple of appetizers - spicy tomato soup and artichoke/garlic bread. The soup was more like a watery pico de gallo and there was enough garlic on the other appetizer to choke a horse. At least it was made with fresh garlic.
We were seated at our table (when the restaurant was about 60% full) and our dinners were only slightly better. They came out piping hot...a plus. The chicken parmesan was terrible. Tasted as though it was made with canned sauce...and the chicken itself was not seasoned in the least. My dinner was a seafood dish with tomato-based sauce and spaghetti. The seafood was done well, but again, canned pasta sauce. Almost as if both dinners were simply pre-made, frozen and reheated. Pretty bad for two ~$20 dishes.
We asked for water in the beginning of the meal, but didn't come until we were halfway done with our entrees.
Since we both had red-based dishes, we assumed it was appropriate to order a red wine. I left the choice to the waitress' suggestion...a Chianti. Can't go wrong with a Chianti, right? Wrong. This wine was watery (totally unlike a Chianti) and cold...as if it just came from a fridge. And no, it didn't improve as it warmed. I'd honestly only use this wine for cooking purposes. $7.50 per glass...unreal.
Yes, halfway through the dinner I planned on speaking with a manager, but there were so many issues, I should have written them down...so I estimated this was my best forum for critique.
This place is AMATEUR HOUR, definitely not a respectable establishment...do nothing but AVOID THIS PLACE. I want my $77 back. Never again.
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