FIVE STAR PIZZA but 0.1 star other menu items.
This rating is for one unhappy experience, not for the restaurant in general, which remains on our list of favorites! We love Scalini's, but it does help to know what (and what not) to order here!
We almost always share a pizza at Scalini's because we have always regarded it among the best of the very best around - and we really enjoy their little Italian dinner salad! We have long commended Scalini's to friends, who have in turn become loyal fans.
Last night (03/08), to our regret, we decided to try 'something different'. The choices were spaghetti with sausage and eggplant parmesan. We observed long ago that Scalini's cooks have never understood the concept of 'al dente' when it comes to their pasta and so the 'ho hum' impression of their spaghetti with sausage was not that big a surprise. Not really a problem with it, just ho hum.
On the other hand, the eggplant parmesan was so unpleasant that after just three bites it was left on the plate - and I honestly cannot recall doing that ever before in my life. This dish has long been a personal favorite, so in fairness I'll admit that my expectations are colored a bit by that. Even so, the texture of the Scalini's version was disagreeably mush-like, reminding instantly of the classic institutional dish of stewed tomatoes & day-old bread from my army days long ago.
Rather than the expected wonderful texture and flavors that come with a light saute of the vegetable slices and tasty overlay of marinara with cheeses, I got 'mush' smothered in 'stuff' - and frankly it just plain sucked - bigtime. 'Moderation' or 'skill' were just not part of the deal here - either in the cooking or in the assembly. It is mystifying that they would let stuff like that come out of their kitchen.
And while I'm on my rant, what's with the cut-up hot dog buns they're passing as 'garlic bread'? What a pitiful joke! When that stuff gets dropped on your table, the experience backs up two notches just for that!
We'll definitely be back (likely this weekend), but we are not likely to be tempted ever again to stray from the pizza selections! Be warned!