08/08/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I had enjoyed the food at Da Vinci's for the past eight years. I had a Friday night off and I thought it would be great to get some great Italian food. When I walked in, I noticed the decor was different. No big deal. We sat down at our table and I looked around. This place had always been packed. It was Friday night and there were only five total tables occupied. I did not recognize the staff either. I asked the waitress if anything had changed in the last two years since and she said she didn't know. The menu looked different and the prices had gone up big time. After my meal, I later found out it had new owners. Which explains a lot.
I ordered the chicken piccatta at $16 and a side salad. The salad came out with one olive and a tomatoe. The dressing was completely different. The bread was the type of bread you get for .99 for sandwiches. Very cheap and no taste. Then the entree arrived. The chicken piccata used to have four cutlets, breaded with sauce, a side of sauteed zucchini and pasta with your choice of tomatoe or alfredo sauce. What arrived was one slimy unbreaded tasteless chicken hovering over a pile of spaghetti with capers. The noodles appeared to still have the water it was cooked in floating around. It didn't have much of a sauce, especially after the waitress dumped half of it in my purse that was lying on the floor, and my lap. The one slice of chicken was surrounded by a bunch of random vegetables and what looked like chocolate sauce creatively decorating the plate. I ate the chicken and noodles mainly because I wanted my $16 worth but left the vegetables, which was questioned by the waitress as in ""what, you don't like vegetables?"". I realized that I could make a better meal at home for cheaper. On top of that... with only five occupied tables, our salads, drinks and meals took a noticeably long time to get to our tables. I am pretty sure what used to be fresh food is now frozen and tasted as such. Such a shame! The previous owner, Patrick, but his passion into his restaurant and unfortunately, someone thought they could just profit off of a name and everyone will continue to love it even if EVERYTHING is different. I did also overhear some frustrated people ask for polenta, which was a staple for Da Vinci's and was told they do not serve it anymore. The patrons were noticably disappointed and one table, after it took them over half an hour to get their salads, discussed leaving and going somewhere else. On a further note, my phone was in my purse and it took me three days to clean the sauce from my dinner that was spilled in my purse out of it. When I called the restaurant to inform them my phone was damaged, I found out the waitress was also the owner/manager and the conversation we had was the nail in the coffin. I will need to find another Italian place. Too bad! This place was my favorite and Patrick's legacy is no more.