“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.
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Amazing food. Amazing people. REALLY authentic Mexican fare.
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!
If your looking for a great place to Eat then the Worcester Dinner is the place you wanna be the service is Unbeatable & Food is Fantastic.
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.
Inside was great. Service started wonderful until the waiter with no sense of customer service showed up and took our order. The salads arrived after the main lunch and the salmon was raw in the middle and pale in color. This is after I requested it cooked well. It went back 2 times and we waited for the waiter to return to the table to return the food to the fire! Then to make matters worse he rushed the remaining lunch. Halfway through eating my onion rings he tried to remove my plate. As my son was barely halfway through his hamburger he brought out ice cream and the check and muttered that he wasn't rushing us. I will NEVER return and I recommend you find a different place to enjoy your meal without and @S$ for a waiter
Thank you!My daughter had her graduation dinner here, This is one of the best dinners we've ever had. They took great care of us, organized a party for 20 people, right down to making sure we had an amazing cake and a wonderful waiter.
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.