My husband and I just returned...
My husband and I just returned from Lelli's for our anniversary dinner. When we entered we were greeted by several of the wait staff arguing in the lobby. As we were seated the wait staff walked in front of us several times making it impossible to pass. This happened again on the way to and from the restrooms. Our waiter was polite but nothing exceptional. It appeared his remarks about the exceptional food was routine.
The antipasto, salad and soup were OK. My husband's fillet and accompaniments were drenched in salt. The first two bites of my eggplant Parmesan was OK, and I reported that to our waiter Edward when he came by to check on us. However, further bites revealed an overpowering taste of bad oil. We did not see our waiter for 20 minutes so I could not complain until the bill arrived. The waiter apologized and said he checked with us so assumed everything was OK.
We asked to speak to the manager and Steve Lelli came over to the table. He apologized and we told him about the eggplant. Before we could tell him about the other waiters bickering and arguing, he said he would take the entree off the bill which he did. He gave the impression he wanted to get us out of there. The other owner, I believe, Karen, came to the table and introduced herself. She was more willing to listen to our experience and commented that she was aware of the wait staff not putting customers first. Appreciated her listening and she asked us to return another time.
We won't be back. The food was not worth the price and the service was offensive. Recommend Cafe Cortina for fine Italian dining.