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Offline queenskid2

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #45 on: December 14, 2018, 12:46:36 PM »
I had a similar experience.  I ordered the chicken parm and asked if I could substitute a vegetable for the pasta. They told me that the entree doesn't come with anything.  Just the chicken on a plate.  I don't think I have ever ordered chicken parm at an Italian restaurant where it didn't come with some type of side.

Still, I like the place and hope they do well.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #46 on: December 14, 2018, 04:10:56 PM »
Huh. Considering it costs $22, I agree it should come with the usual side of spaghetti or some salad.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #47 on: December 14, 2018, 04:21:38 PM »
I agree with Lilybell.   With no side dish especially pasta which goes with chicken parmigiana + negative reviews on Jackson Heights Life + negative reviews on Yelp = great news for Armondo's and Uncle Peter's.  At both these restaurants entrees include a side dish. 

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #48 on: December 14, 2018, 09:04:37 PM »
Well that's really disappointing. I think they are constantly tinkering with everything--I went early on and then again later and I think the menu changed in the meantime. I don't believe we experienced the no side dishes with the entree issue-- that could be new. Maybe they weren't making enough money and decided to make everything a la carte. That's really too bad if that's the case, because it definitely would put a damper on my desire to patronize the place. I hope they are listening to feedback. So far they seem to be doing good business, from what I can tell passing by frequently.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #49 on: December 15, 2018, 09:09:01 AM »
I really like the place! I find the portions in Uncle Peter’s a bit big, the food at Romero’s tasty, interesting and I left full.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #50 on: December 15, 2018, 09:35:52 AM »
I've never heard of a chicken parm dish without a pasta side. Flour, water, egg...how much could pasta be costing them to add to a plate?

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #51 on: December 15, 2018, 09:56:50 AM »
No side is wierd, but what got me is that we explicitly asked about a side before choosing the dish, was told it came with pasta and to choose the type of pasta we wanted and then when the dish arrived without the pasta, and we asked where it was, was told it didn't come with a side. It felt a little bit like a bait and switch.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #52 on: December 15, 2018, 10:24:05 AM »
opalis141--did you ask to speak to a manager and did you complain? I certainly would have done so. When I was there (twice so far) the waiters were extremely attentive, and one of the owners came by to ask if everything was good. So I am surprised at the picture I am getting from recent posts here about inattentive waiters, food taking too long or getting the order wrong. And this situation you describe as bait and switch is unacceptable. They certainly should have been called on it. I think I would have noticed if I'd been told that everything was a la carte the two times I ate there--I think if that's true, it must be a new policy and one that would definitely make me less interested in patronizing them.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #53 on: December 17, 2018, 04:45:51 PM »
Chicken parm doesn't come with pasta though. It's a secondi

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #54 on: December 17, 2018, 10:18:59 PM »
The waiter asked the manager when we inquired and he brushed him off, to be honest I didn't want to continue to make an issue of it. As to the secondi point, my partner ordered a chicken dish, not chicken parm which is why he asked when ordering :(

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #55 on: December 18, 2018, 06:14:30 PM »
that's a bummer, really. we've been looking forward to trying the place, and still may, but this would leave a sour taste (no pun intended). not so much the a la carte pricing, but the seemingly brusque way the diners were handled.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #56 on: December 19, 2018, 11:34:19 AM »
Chicken parm doesn't come with pasta though. It's a secondi

Outside of the "elite" Italian restaurants in Manhattan, it comes with a side at every place I've ever ordered it, "Secondi" notwithstanding.  I think Romeo's charges $22.  With the side I ordered--broccoli rabe--the total was close to $30.  At the other Italian restaurant I frequent in the neighborhood, it's $23 with a side. 

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #57 on: December 19, 2018, 03:01:51 PM »
Yeah that's kind of a bummer, isn't it? Romeo's is extremely convenient for me, but paying that much for plain old chicken parmigiana plus one side--that's a lot. We order chicken parm from Mama Rosa's. Granted, it's not a white tablecloth experience, merely takeout, but I'd wager the chicken parm is just as good. And yes, it comes with pasta (though that is not clear on Seamless--they should fix that issue).

I gather the Romeo's owners and staff come from an upscale Manhattan restaurant, and maybe they think that they can operate the same way in JH. I guess we'll see. There are a couple of pretty upscale Italian restaurants in Corona that probably have similar prices and seem to do well--I've been to each of those once, and don't recall whether everything was a la carte, but they were pricey. So maybe Romeo's can follow suit--but I bet they won't get as much business from people who make it a frequent stop and become regulars. It will be more of a special occasion place.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #58 on: December 19, 2018, 05:25:19 PM »
Had lunch there on Tuesday and had a plate of porcini mushroom ravioli that was SO delicious, had I been home alone,  with only the cat for a witness, I would have licked the plate clean of every molecule of sauce!

Service was informative and attentive and it's comfortably decorated.

Maybe people who were not satisfied should express their concerns because I do think Romeo's owner and staff will be responsive.

I would definitely go back

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #59 on: December 26, 2018, 10:37:11 PM »
Okay so we went again tonight. The waiter who took our order said that the dishes do come with a side--pasta or vegetable. I ordered a special, chicken marsala, and he said it would come with spinach. Then another waiter came by and said that we had been misinformed about the side dish coming with the main dish, but he would give me the spinach anyway!

Hmm....don't know why they can't get their story straight. He did give me the spinach, and the food was good (we had linguine with clams as well) and overall we had a nice time--and the place was quite crowded with a wide variety of people, all ethnicities, by the way--reflective of the neighborhood and not just a certain segment of the population.

So they seem to be doing well regardless of the confusion or the a la carte menu. They just seem to be kind of disorganized still. We saw waiters giving other diners the little wedge of parmesan they give as an appetizer, but they never brought it to our table. However, they did bring the zucchini appetizer (free) that we got one of the two prior times we dined there.  My daughter asked for a candle in the dessert we ordered (it was my birthday) and several waiters came and sang Happy Birthday. It was nice, the service was quite friendly--though I will say that getting served was a bit on the slow side. All in all--I'll go back, though the thing about no sides with the main dish does annoy me.

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Re: Romeo's Italian Ristorante
« Reply #59 on: December 26, 2018, 10:37:11 PM »