On Friday, the Husband and I spent all afternoon cleaning and prepping the house for houseguests we were expecting the next morning. We were planning a cookout the next day and needed to go grocery shopping and to run a handful of other errands. Since we had done all of the dishes in the house and didn’t feel like doing any more before our guests arrived, we decided to grab dinner while out running errands. Over the last few weeks, we’ve received A LOT of coupons in the mail for the insane number of restaurants in the area, so we did a quick skim of the coupons to find a restaurant to try. We found one for a restaurant near the Trader Joe’s we wanted to visit and decided to check it out.
The coupon and advertisement was for Roma Grill located on Eastern Avenue (according to Urbanspoon, it used to be on Sunset in the Green Valley area). The coupon advertised that all of its pasta was freshly made each day on site, a definite draw for me.
The menu itself had a large variety of options to choose from. As the advertisement told us, the menu confirmed that they make pasta fresh daily and there was a huge selection to choose from. As we looked through the menu, we got some waters and the Husband ordered a Peroni and confirmed he’s not a huge fan.
As we waited for our appetizers, we received a plate of bread. We thought it was presented oddly, but the bites tasted good. Other tables had baskets so we’re not sure if they received something different than us.
The Husband and I decided to get two appetizers and planned to take home a good chunk of our entrees home for leftovers. The first appetizer we ordered was the Bruschetta Napoli. It was toasted bread topped with chopped tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, garlic, and olive oil. We really liked this!
Up next, we ordered the Mozzarella In Carrozza. The description looked really good – a thick piece of mozzarella sandwiched in rustic bread, lightly-egg battered and deep fried to perfection, served on a bed of pesto cream. When it arrived, it looked pretty We ended up being slightly disappointed… we expected the bread to make it more of a fried grilled cheese but it was more like a fried mozzarella with not much flavor. We did enjoy the pesto cream sauce though.
On to entrees… I ordered the lasagne. I enjoyed it, but it’s important to note that it’s a traditional style with bolognese and bechamel sauce. Compared to the more American version, diners might not like it as it doesn’t have the large amounts of ricotta (I ran into this problem once when I made this style for a dinner party – the guests complained that there wasn’t enough cheese). I enjoyed this traditional style.
The Husband ordered the Fettuccini Bolognese but substituted gnocchi for $1 more. Some of the gnocchi was really good in our opinions, and some weren’t as good.
Overall, we enjoyed the food, but found the service to be slow. We think they might not have enough cooks… for example, our appetizers didn’t come out close to the same time at all. We were done with the first one for a while before the second one came out. Our waitress also seemed overworked as she had tables all over the restaurant. She was friendly and checked in on us throughout the meal though and we appreciated that.
As advertised in the coupon, they had live entertainment. A piano player started about halfway through our meal (I can’t remember if he sang or not) and it was a nice addition to the atmosphere. We also appreciated that it wasn’t too loud.