The worst Dining experience of my Lifetime
NEVER in my life have I ever had such a miserable Dining experience like I did for our good friends Birthday get together this past Saturday Evening. We decided to try out Kitchenetta on Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale and invited 20 of our friends. What a mistake that was, this restaurant experience destroyed any possibility of a joyful evening to an abrupt halt.
For starters let's discuss the food, our table was brought 3 big bowl...view mores of plain Arugula as our salad minus any dressing. After requesting dressing (oil & vinegar) plus some parmesan cheese quite a few times, one of the smileless staff was finally was able to put this request into action who brought over ONE little caraff of parmesan for our table of 20. Our next featured item and the ONLY desirable plate was the olive oil flat bread, from there McDonalds would have been a better option!. Next, we were presented with Macaroni & Peas! Yes, this is not a typo, not Macaroni and Cheese but Macaroni and Peas. I promise all of you would be much more delighted if you actually purchased a .95 cent box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese along with another .58 cent can of Green Giants saved the money and stayed home but wait hen there was the Rigatoni Bolognose! Seriously talking about buyers remorse my 10 year old nephew who isn't Italian could make a better dish. Unfortunately, I think that Vincent and his staff have watched just a few too many episodes of the Sopranos. The Gangsta wanna be's.
I do not want to seem ungrateful as my rear end began to hurt from the white Home Depot lawn chairs we were given to sit as we enjoyed the top notch ambiance while the paesano's whipped up there masterpieces in the kitchen.
Needless to say our party of 20 will NEVER revisit this "Hole" and would not be surprised to see another empty building on US1 which used to be called a restaurant. Thankfully we were amongst good company. Towards the end of this delight, I offered some creative suggestions to our waiter who stated in return, "well, our restaurant is not for everybody"! but should have stated "our hole" isn't for Anybody.
Now here is the icing on the cake! A few days later when I reviewed my credit card account stated $120 instead of the $80 I authorized, obviously the waiter thought he deserved an additional $40 tip for himself in addition the 20% we had already given to him upon cash settlement.
P.S. For a true Italian experience try a True Italian Restaurant, Good Luck!view less
The worst Dining experience of my Lifetime
On the recommendation of a friend, we went to Kitchenetta for the first time expecting some really good food. I think it really could have been but they screwed up almost everything.\r
They serve bread, which is like a thin crust of pizza with some olive oil and herbs on it. Great Idea, but unfortunately while it looked fine, it tasted completely burned. \r
After 25 minutes of waiting, we had Calamari. Honestly it was amazing. Also has a couple of great glasses of wine. ...view moreWe should have stopped there.\r
After we were done with the appetizer, we waited an hour and 20 minutes for our meal to arrive. We got excuses that they make the meal from scratch. Well if that is the case then they need more prep cooks or something because the meal shouldn't have taken more than 15 to 20 minutes to prepare. We were sitting next to the bar/kitchen, and you could tell things were in chaos. They ran out of their signature dish and almost half their limited menu by 8:30 at night. So they suggested a specialty dish for us. Which was crushed meatballs in sauce over rigatoni. Of course after waiting 1 hour and 20 minutes after our large appetizer, we weren't really hungry anymore, but the pasta was completely undercooked. The pasta obviously wasn't fresh because fresh pasta is never that hard. We also had a breaded pounded veal that was very over cooked. it was dry like it had sit in the window under heat lamps for a half hour (which I wouldn't doubt). I cut out about a one in square from the center that was pretty good, but over 75% of the $29 dish was completely trashed. \r
There were many other unhappy customers that evening, so maybe it was just a bad night for them, but I was really surprised that with such good foundations, their time management of the kitchen, management and servers completely destroyed the meal.\r
The manager, Maria, stated that she ""found it hard to believe"" that the food was bad, so i handed her our food which we had hardly eaten.view less