“Not bad, but not the best meal we’ve had here.”Since the weather was lovely on an early Friday evening in late August, we chose to dine al fresco on Chioda’s patio. Either not many folks know about it (it’s just out the door of the bar area) or choose not to dine on it because we were the only ones seated there at the time of our arrival (a few people were dining at tables in one of the interior rooms and in the bar area). About halfway through our meal, however, a party of two was seated at a table next to us, but there were no others during the duration of our visit. This smallish patio (a total of five tables for 4, for a total of 20 seats) is surrounded by a low stone wall and looks out on a field of untamed/overgrown brush and weeds, and in the far distance you can see some of the downtown area. While the umbrella-topped table we sat at was of ample size and the chairs were comfortable enough, we thought the area was a bit stark---a few strategically-placed potted flowering plants would make a world of difference. Just a thought… Maybe if they can convince more people to sit out on the patio in the nice weather, it would be worth their while to spruce the area up a bit. I usually have a hard time finding fault with Chioda’s, but I must say that we were a little disappointed that we did not have the near-perfect meals we’ve had here in the past. As far as the food goes, well, my companion and I were a little underwhelmed and a bit disappointed. Instead of ordering an entrée, I chose to go with two appetizers: Caesar salad and fried calamari. I’ve had the calamari before and enjoyed it very much, but this time I thought there were way too many hot cherry peppers covering the fried ringlets, totally overpowering them and the baby spinach, not to mention temporarily numbing my tongue. While my Caesar salad had an appealing dressing, not too thin, not too thick, and the croutons seemed to be homemade, I was a little put off to find that it contained an abundance of limp, dark green outer Romaine leaves. I’m used to my Caesar salads being made with only hearts of Romaine. Still, the salad was tasty and I finished it. The pan seared scallops over penne my companion chose were not what she thought they would be. The scallops were not “pan-seared” at all, having no grilling or searing/heat marks whatsoever, but rather seemed to be poached in the white wine sauce in which they were afloat. She found the scallops to be overcooked and a tad rubbery. The sauce was very thin and watery, and struggled to cling to the pasta. She would not order this dish again. While her glasses of Pinot Grigio were crisp and refreshing, I found it disappointing that they continue to have little in the way of iced tea available (no fresh brewed or bottled---only on the bar’s soda gun, which I find to be totally inconsumable). I, reluctantly, settled for a diet Pepsi. Oh, well… Service at Chioda’s continues to be very good. Our waitress, Nicole, was very personable and efficient, as is always the case. No problem in that category.Although we did not enjoy this visit as much as previous ones, we did enjoy dining outdoors, and we will continue to patronize Chioda’s.
860 W Central StFranklin, MA 02038
I was nervous going here based on the mix reviews but was pleasantly surprised by the great food and atmosphere.\r Will definately return.\r
i have been a part of opening heavens door ministry for over 16 months and it is a place i am proud to call home. Great fellowship,with morning devotions about Christ that we break so we all understand and are fed with the word to start our day. We have a great bible study and testimony. The staff here are wonderful and caring. And help to prepare us for transitioning back into society as productive members and fishermen of man for Christ. So if your looking for Christ and a safe environment where people pull together to help one another then look into opening heavens door/ new man ministry you wont be disappointed.
I went in to buy bulkies. No bulkies. They had an Italian loaf of bread left so I bought it. After paying for it I noticed it wasn't, sliced. Asked for it to be sliced and was told the owner had a broken leg and the slicer was broken too!! The owner was sitting outside smoking a cigar when I left. They din,t seem to care about their customers. Sad.
Noticed our server was agitated ... His teeth look jacked up also ... A 50 year old server with no ambition in life and was taking his aggression out on the service .. if you don't like your job go find another one im sure a 20 year old can give better service than him ...
Outstanding! This is one of our favorite restaurants in Worcester. Food is always great, relaxed atmosphere and always great service. Highly recommend!
Calamari over cooked, manager on duty was a total tool. Tatiana was wonderful. Was pathetic how the mgr tossed this waitress under the bus because he wasn't man enough to admit he said the wrong thing to us. Trust, we will never be back... I am confused as to how 9.99 for a dish can cause this Manager to act in this manner. Think twice before going to this location.
Very popular local spot that does a bustling business. The wait staff is very friendly, attentive and accommodating. Our waitress, Casey (sp.?), along with busboy/waiter Gage took good care of us. Their policy is B.Y.O.B., so we came with a bottle our preferred red. The dining room’s noise level was loud, but that didn't interfere with our conversation. Very good, home-style Italian food, at very reasonable prices. Especially good are their meatballs, sausage (homemade?) and pizza. The red sauce is also very good and fresh, as are the cannoli (crispy, not soggy shells; filling is delectable). Parking not a problem. We'll be back for more as I'd like to try the veal.
Hands down my favorite restaurant in Worcester. Food is very good, but the atmosphere is what puts this place over the top for me. Where else can you hear a live piano player while sitting on the outside and have the owner come over and ask you if everything is ok AND he is actually from Italy. Real deal here kids!!!!!!!!!!!
Had dinner there again for my birthday, we had a party of six. The food was excellent, there was a peach and mango sangria that was very good also. We we there on a friday night and it was easy to get a table. We have been there several times. I tried Via and Nuovo and wasn't impressed. I will stick with my 'little italian restaurant.
Time for a new president who doesn't spend their budget on his families alcohol and legal fees