A favorite on the Memphis dining scene, this local joint is the place to go for traditional Italian fare, such as spaghetti and meatballs, pizza and ... More
Pete and Sam's
A favorite on the Memphis dining scene, this local joint is the place to go for traditional Italian fare, such as spaghetti and meatballs, pizza and lasagna. The place is so authentic that you half expect a ninety-year-old Italian grandma to come out of the kitchen and give you a big kiss on the cheek. You can also order for steaks and seafood. A private dining room is available for bookings and carryout is also available. Reservations are recommended on the weekends.
I made many jokes about Olive Garden having the worst Italian food, and after eating at Pete & Sam s, I owe the Olive Garden an apology. Pete & Sam s is the worst. The food, the service, the facility, and the prices were all substandard. Our party sat where half the table had lighting and the other half was so dark, I had to use my cell phone to make light to read the menu. The waiter made a rude remark to our guest for having confused him by ordering a plain salad, which the waiter interpreted as a dry salad, and upon correcting him, he got irritated, to which I sternly corrected him right back. I had to get up to get our guest straws, get my own beer that he forgot, and other things. I had to ask other waiters for help because mine was no where to be found, and the other waiters seemed embarrassed about it.
The food that I sampled from others at the table, including my own was bland, plain, burned, or just nasty. I spotted several people offering their food to others at the table because they didn t like it. I saw one person scraping something gross off his food that was not food. I ordered the eggplant parmigiana, which had many parts darker black than my car tires. I chipped off the burned sections and tried eating the rest, but it was the most repulsive eggplant parmigiana I ever had. It was so soggy, it could have been a soup. After pouring it out of the stainless steel boat they cooked it in and onto a plate, I notice the entire bottom was black and burned. Nasty. The salad was no better, just a small bowl of iceberg lettuce and a few pieces of tomato hardly worth mentioning, and for that they charged an extra $4.50 (an overcharge of a buck from their menu listed price).
I was eager to forget this horrible dining experience, get up from the dark drab hole we were seated in, and get in my car in their worn down parking lot and leave, but that s when I noticed the insult to injury . They had hidden $7 in the subtotal (and no it was not gratuity). Understand, they hand write their tickets, and do not use a calculator tape to show the math, which makes it easy to overcharge (purposely or not) a customer. Not only was I overcharged, but I was then charged tax on the overcharge. I held up the line with no apologies to have them run it on an adding machine, and they were embarrassed to find I caught them. No apologies from them, just defense for their waiter making a mistake in doing simple math. They cared more about their incompetent (possibly dishonest) employees than customers.
After eating at the Cordova location about three times, this was about my fourth time trying them out. I thought maybe their main location would be better. Nope. It was horrible in all areas of dining. Now, I know what you re going to say, but they are a Memphis landmark. That means nothing to me when I m rating the dining experience and especially the food and service. I have tried them enough times now to know that they must have a cult following to continue giving them business when the food, service, prices, and atmosphere is as bad as I described. They are a complete waste of time and money to eat there. But if you want to support them just because they are a Memphis landmark, go for it. I just recommend you eat first and don t expect much from the service.
Decided to take my husband and kids for Fathers Day. Expected a lttle bit of a wait, and there was, about 20 min. When we sat down, it took awhile for the server to take our order and bring drinks in tiny glasses. We ordered and waited for the food. Refills on drinks were hard to get, and the waitress didn't take all the dirty dishes. The salad had way too much dressing, to the point the lettuce was floating. The food finally came, spaghetti and fettucini alfredo. There was water on the plate from the noodles, so the sauce ended up being watered down. Had to wait awhile for the check, and when i went up to pay, they ignored me and took care of a other customers first. The restaurant itself is rundown, and the food is truly overpriced. Don't think that I will ever go back.
Well I have had my share of visits to Pete n' Sams and it has always been unique. Sometimes it's not about how fast and how pretty. It's just about a good old family restaraunt that my dad took me to as a child and to this day I still must have the half n' half spaghetti and ravioli. You can bring your on bottle of wine and just have time getting to know the people your there with again while waiting. It take me back to a time when there was no such thing as cell phones and texting and you just get to enjoy watching everyone around you anticipating there food and enjoying the ambiance. We will celebrate my fathers 86th birthday there this week..as I said it is a place where you can still make memories if you allow yourself and enjoy some good old italian food. Unfortunately Sam won't be there to greet us at the door as usual because of a hopefully short stay in the hospital, but we look forward to his speedy recovery and he's grin as we come through the door.
WELL IF YOU OTHER THAN BLACK YOU WON'T GET A STYROFOAM CUP, THEY SAY THEY RAN OUT OF GLASSES WHILE AS GROUP SAT AROUND US IT DIDN'T LOOK LIKE A SHORTAGE US , I ORDERED LANGUINI AND CLAMS IN WHITE SAUCE, IT WAS WATERED DOWN, NO FLAVOR AT ALL, OVER PRICED MENU I WILL NOT GO BACK.
Kids were at our reserved table doing homework when we got there. Room they sat us in was not clean. The vent in the ceiling was removed and you could see roof beams and dirt and dust. Bathrooms were not clean. Restaurant is old and needs maintenance desperately. Did not see the inspection score posted. We were told how great the food was so we stayed and ate. There was one waitress assigned to our party adn she had trouble keeping drinks full and bread baskets full. Our food arrived about an hour after we placed our order which was unacceptable. It was cold by the time we got it. I think the meals were overpriced for the portion size. Both of us had stomach issues later that night and the next day. This was our first visit and will be our last visit to this restaurant. Ive visited Italy on numerous occasions and the food here doesnt even compare to real italian food.
If you want authentic Italian food go to Pete and Sam's. If you want Americanized Italian food go to Olive Garden or one of the other Italian chain restaurants but don't compare their food to Pete and Sam's. There is no comparison. This is the real thing.
This place definitely has the best spaghetti in Memphis. I have relatives that first took me there in the 60's and although I live over 300 miles away I have to go to Pete and Sams everytime I visit. Unfortunately, the spaghetti is so good I've never been able to try anything else on the menu.
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