Monday, May 16, 2011

Frankie's Ristorante Italiano


After our wonderful spa treatments, Mama Bear and I went to dinner in Lenox. I thought I wanted French food but ultimately decided on Italian. I picked Frankie's Ristorante Italiano because the menu looked delicious.

We drove a few minutes to Frankie's. It looked like we were walking into someone's house. The front part had a few tables and the bar. On the bridge between the back and front there are a few booths which looked great so we chose to sit there. Unfortunately that was a bad decision. Some members of the staff stomped while walking  over that part and one even fell. It was way too noisy!

We started with the Calamari, which was served with their house made aioli. The calamari was perfect. Light and crisp batter that was not greasy. Unfortunately the aioli – which was basically mayonnaise – was disgusting. It did nothing but distract from the wonderful taste of the calamari. 

We put in our entree order and I couldn't wait for it to arrive. Unfortunately, wait is exactly what we did. It took 25 minutes!!! I was horrified at the extremely slow service. Our server only stopped by once during that time. What a shame. After all that time I imagined I was about to eat the most amazing meal ever. Womp womp. The Shrimp and Lobster ravioli came out and I was very excited.

The ravioli did taste great. As I've noted before I don't love creamy sauces, but this creamy shallot sauce was quite good. The only problem is the food wasn't very hot.

See? The sauce was already congealing. It must have been sitting under the lamp for several of those 25 minutes. I got tired of eating the ravioli after a few minutes because it wasn't delicious at room temperature. Luckily, Mama Bear's food was amazing!

Fresh Salmon with a pesto sauce, Green Beans and Spaghetti. It was delicious! The salmon tasted like it just got out of the water and it was cooked to perfection! The spaghetti was also really good. Even though it was dry pasta, it still tasted great!

We had been at Frankie's so long that all I wanted to do was leave so dessert wasn't in the cards. Because of the disparity in the quality of our dishes, I have a hard time giving Frankie's a fair assessment. I really think my meal mainly suffered due to the service or maybe some poor timing in the kitchen. The flavors were right and it actually had me thinking it might be time for me to make my own ravioli...stay tuned.

Hungry yet?

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