For most of us, eating is more than a necessity, it’s a hobby. It’s something we share with others, whether to catch up, laugh or reminisce. On this occasion, we headed to That Italian Place, located near Williams Parkway and Chrysler Drive, that appeared on the Food Network TV show, You Gotta Eat Here.
At first glance, the location looks small but has multiple seating options. The restaurant is divided into two sides; one side has that rustic Italian feel, with a wood burning stove and exposed brick. The other side looks like a diner you’d see in the southern United States. We sat in the American-style section of the restaurant because it’s the only area where they serve alcohol. However, the alcohol selection was limited so we opted for their Italian–style sodas instead.
We ordered two appetizers: bruschetta and a vegetarian trio of olive tapenade, pureed chick peas and grilled eggplant. Both apps were plain, with no overwhelming flavours that shocked our senses. The presentation was neat, clean and modern.
The restaurant is a good place to go when you want a simple meal with simple ingredients.
We diversified our dinner and ordered the margarita pizza, penne in rosé sauce (literally pasta and sauce, no vegetables or meat included) and one of their bestsellers, the Tuscan chicken panini. All three plates were average. We expected authentic, home-style, Italian cooking but it didn’t live up to our expectations.
The most decadent part of the night was the dessert. While there were many options to choose from, many were outsourced from bakeries. We sampled the cannoli (made in house), the Oreo cupcake and the chocolate brownie. The cannoli was fantastic; it was creamy, crunchy and had just the right amount of sweetness. The brownie was difficult to bite into, break or even cut; but it softened it up after some chewing. The cupcake tasted like any other cupcake that you could get at the grocery store. The icing was hard but the cake itself was moist. Overall, the desserts weren’t bad but it was just disappointing that the majority of them were not made at the restaurant.
We expected authentic, home-style, Italian cooking but it didn’t live up to our expectations.
Overall, the experience was underwhelming. The restaurant is a good place to go when you want a simple meal with simple ingredients. The atmosphere is fitting for a date, especially for couples who love to talk because it’s quiet and allows you to focus on those you are with. This place gets a 5.6, mainly because it has fantastic cannolis. If we were to return, it would have to be for the lunch rush; the hostess indicated that lunchtime is hectic so the food may be better during this time (although most restaurants are busy on a Friday night right?).
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