Disappointing - What happened to Ernesto's?
The Ernesto's of old was elegant and unique, with great Italian food and atmosphere. The current Ernesto's is the complete opposite. The beautiful rooms with their elegant linens and table settings have been replaced with cheesy, vinyl, green and white checkerboard prints. The once enticing menu is gone, replaced with a torn up, tri-fold, cardboard menu that you could find in any cheap diner, offering far less in the way of dining choices. There is a musty, closed up smell in the dining room that taints the dining experience. While we were there, we overheard the owner tell someone else who hadn't been there since the restaurant changed hands that they were going for a more casual, inexpensive atmosphere while retaining some of the old recipes and quality. Don't believe it. They sacrificed everything good that Ernesto's was. EXCEPT where their prices are concerned. The bill for three of us (including a child) was over $75, and the food was terrible. The cooks (not chefs) obviously do not taste anything that is leaving their kitchen. The ""freshly baked bread"" was stale and chewy. Maybe it was freshly baked two or three days before being served, but it was definitely NOT freshly baked the day we were there. The bruschetta was also stale and overdone. There was no seasoning in the food at all, and the fettuccini alfredo tasted like pasta mixed with paste. I know, I know, you're thinking that we are just difficult to please. Not so. We do not need dinner out to be a five star affair. We are a simple, middle class family, who was looking for a nice evening out at a place where we always had good times. What a disappointment! On the plus side, the service was good. Our server was polite and always there anticipating our needs. But that may be because he was bored...there was a total of five people in the entire restaurant at the dinner hour. Save yourself the trouble, or you will pay through the nose for what turns out to be a mediocre experience.