Using old family recipes, Antonio's Cucina Italiana serves authentic Italian food to the Farmington Hills community. Owned by the Rugiero family, they ... More
ANTONIO'S CUCINA ITALIANA
Using old family recipes, Antonio's Cucina Italiana serves authentic Italian food to the Farmington Hills community. Owned by the Rugiero family, they provide award-winning pizzas and calzones to their patrons. Banquet rooms and catering are also available.
Well, we are sad to say this place is declining, in our opinion. When it first opened, we were regular customers. We had not been there for a while, so we thought it would be a nice place for a special sunday dinner.
We arrived with high hopes and were not disappointed with the familiar decor.We had about the best seat in the house, right in the corner, nice and cozy.
The waiter appeared to our table dripping sweat from his forehead.REPULSIVE.You know his hands would be touching his sweat, and then our food plates, with little likelyhood of a handwashing between. EEEEWE.
Well ,we all just shut up about it, lest it ruin our dinning experience....
.....and here comes the wonderful bread bowl...YEA, fresh , hot, wonderful bread!!!
WOOPS, NOPE, how about cold leftover bread? Thats what we got, and we were so hungry, we ate it anyway as our waiter was nowhere to be seen. We did finally flag him down, and he did get us new fresh bread, but he was kind enough to mix in the old stuff, just to make us feel at home.
The house salad was fresh and good as always, but I ignored the soup, as I had given up on that some time ago. Always tastes like it has something rotten in it.I cant eat it.
And the Pasta was to die for! But that was it.The marinera sauce was less than tasty.I dont know if its suposed to be fresh or what, but it was not real enjoyable like it has been in the past.No Flavor.The stuffed shrimp had no lobster flavor that I could detect, but they did have a strong flat almost rotten type of flavor that made the dish uneatable to one of our party.They have had an upset stomach for 2 days now.
After I was pretty sure it wasnt rotten, I ate all mine, but I would not have been surprised if I had gotten sick from it.It was that bad.(boy am I a pig!...and we were paying for it, so what to do?)
But I know remember why we hadn't been there in some time. The food sucks now.
SIDE NOTE.When I was using the restroom, so was one of the staff of Antonios(he was wearing thier blue shirt with Antonios name on it).He was speaking another language on the phone and relieving himself.He washed his hands real good before he went back to the kitchen, if you consider turning on the water and getting a hand towel and throwing it in the garbage without ever using soap or water. Yep, we dont think we will be going back there at all.Sad.
I took home my leftovers the next day I found a staple in my food. The next day I talked to manager and he had no idea what to do about the situation. The manager took my name and number. The didn't offer to give me a free meal or anything. The manager was dumb. I told hime to have the owner to call me.
Went there last Saturday with family. I ordered spaghetti w/ meat sauce. I also ordered it with fettucine pasta instead of spaghetti pasta. Also ordered a side of meatballs. The fettucine had a very bad taste. At the urging of my family I said something to the waiter. He sent the manager over. Offered to prepare something else which I declined. I said just take it off my bill. The pasta w/meat sauce is $8.50 and includes a small tossed salad. They took my dinner off the bill but added a charge of $4.95 for the salad, and the $2.50 for the meatballs. So it ended up they took off $3.50 for my dinner. Poor business decision for them, Neither I, or the 7 other family members will ever go back.
We have dined numerable times at the Farmington Hills location, the food is excellent, love the hot bread that seems to never stop arriving at the table .. however as for the service, especially for large parties, they could use some re-training on customer care. The staff seems to allow their egos to get in the way of the customers needs.
The Canton location is far friendlier. Same excellent food, worth the drive!
It all comes down to the excellent family friendly fresh food. We had a great server named Susan and she made us feel welcome and special. It is the whole package that will have us returning--great service--great prices--great food.
I have loved Antonios ever since it opened in Dearborn Hts. many yrs ago. The bread is to die for and I love that they feature a bolognese sauce & homemade pastas, something that not every Italian restaurant offers. The taste of all the food definitely reminds me very much of when I actually was in Italy.