August 7, 2007

Nonna Emilia Ristorante (17210 SW Shaw, Aloha)

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A group of my friends and I went to dinner a couple of weeks ago at Nonna Emilia. And, well, it was pretty bad. The waitress was not pleasant to deal with. She emphasized that she could not split the check. (Totally fine.) Then she said we all had to order at the exact same time (we were still waiting for people to show up) because even a 5 or 10 minute difference would mean that the food would all come out at different times. She was cranky.

I had a grilled chicken breast and salad. The chicken was dry and almost inedible. The salad was from a bag. My sister ordered spaghetti, which she said tasted like Ragu. Plus they served ginormous (I can say that because it's actually in the dictionary now!) portions. Each person had enough to eat for two or three meals. What a waste.

They did have an accordion player wandering around. I wanted to sing along. I really did. But he was in the other room every time he played a song that I knew. So it would have been more like me performing for my table and well, I just didn't want to jeopardize those friendships.

If Nonna Emilia was running against The Olive Garden in a presidential election, The Olive Garden would beat Nonna Emilia. But that's not to say that the country wouldn't suffer from tremendous indigestion. Either way, you're going to be sick.

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Hey, It's Ansley said...

I had the same experience the one time I went here. I kept hearing great things about it and it's family owned, not a chain, but it's not good either.

Sometimes I think it's hard to try new places when I know I love certain restaurants. So good for you, even if sometimes it doesn't turn out to be delicious.