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The good news is there is now an Olive Garden in Derby. The bad news is that, even though it’s only their second day, the food and service already suck. LOL.
The calamari was not as good as the the calamari at the Central and Rock location. Then again, maybe Olive Garden’s calamari is just not as good as Carrabba’s calamari. I have to admit, it’s been a while since I’ve eaten at Olive Garden. Maybe Carrabba’s has spoiled me.
Brian and I weren’t supposed to eat out again in January to start. At least we were good and just split a chicken flat bread pizza. Although, it wasn’t even that good. The flat bread pizza we had at Granite City a few months ago was better.
As for the service, where do I begin? I had to ask her for paper napkins almost five times. She kept forgetting to bring them. The salad and bread sticks took forever to arrive at our table. When she brought us our salad, she placed the big bowl of salad on our table and then proceeded to talk to the other table, without giving us any salad pates. After she was done talking to the other table, she almost took off with the salad plates if we hadn’t protested. She didn’t bring me my minestrone. She said that she thought I didn’t want it because it was extra. Hello? If I didn’t want it, I wouldn’t have asked for it. Our server just seemed very distracted and was all over the place. She kept forgetting stuff.
The sad thing is that usually the food and service are fantastic when a restaurant first opens and it is only after several months that the quality starts to decline. If it’s this bad at the start, I can’t imagine how much worse it will be a few months from now. Ugh. I feel sorry for the people of Derby. One can only hope that the restaurant will get their act together eventually.
Brian and I invited his mom and dad over for dinner on Sunday night.
We served Caesar salad, the garlic pull-apart bread from Target that we really like, and spaghetti and meatballs. No dessert because we didn’t think that far ahead. LOL. We had three different kinds of wine, though. Brian’s Stump Jump that he opened the previous night, but didn’t finish, and a bottle each of River Valley Red and Sweet Lady, both from Smoky Hill Vineyard and Winery (Under the Cork).
This is a picture of Brian making dinner. He is such an awesome hubby. Anyway, we are having David and Donna over again on Saturday night. We’re doing movie night this time. Donna is bringing “The Help” (which she got for Christmas) and also her famous scalloped potatoes. Brian is making his really tender and delicious apricot pork roast. Mmmm.. Mmmmm… Yum!
The fourth of July shenanigans continue… After drinking beer before noon at the Sam Adams Brewery tour and after my first live MLB ballgame at Fenway Park, we all went to Bertucci’s for dinner. They were short-handed that night so it was a little crazy. The food was really good, though.
Mama Dill, Jeff and I all had the lobster and shrimp basiico. It was super delicious!
I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to eat an entire order of the pasta. Well, I could but I really shouldn’t. So Jeff and I decided to split that and then we split an order of the grilled vegetables also.
Brian had a cheese pizza, which he wasn’t all that impressed with. He thought that the pizza at Il Panino Express was better. Then again, that’s at the North End where everything is good.
Jay had a calzone.
Becca had a soup and salad combo.
You can tell we all just came from the ballgame because we were all still in our Fenway and Red Sox gear.
Bertucci’s reminds me of Carrabba’s here in town. I don’t know about the others, but my food was really yummy! I would eat at Bertucci’s again.
Becca brought Jay over for a “play date” with Brian last weekend. Before the gaming commenced, the guys made us dinner.
Brian picked up this garlic bread at Target. It was actually pretty good. Specially since we used herbs and olive oil in lieu of plain, old butter.
The Dills brought over all the ingredients and Jay did most of the cooking, which is good because he’s actually a great cook.
The funny thing is that Becca immediately noticed that there was something off about the pasta when we sat down to eat.
She said “That’s not angel hair.”
“No. It’s spaghetti,” I replied because I thought that was the plan. The guys said they were making spaghetti.
“Yes, but we brought angel hair.”
“What happened to the angel hair?”
“I told you they would notice,” Jay chimed in. “Do you want to tell them or do you want me to?”
Apparently the angel hair went straight into the garbage disposal due to a straining mishap. Jay wanted to save it, but Brian knew it was too late and convinced him otherwise. Good thing we had a box of spaghetti on hand.
I was like, “No wonder it took so long to have dinner ready!”
At least no one had to run back to the supermarket.
We had dinner with David and Donna, Kim and Chris and baby Ethan, and Kim’s parents Ken and Kathy the other day at Carrabba’s. I can’t believe how long it’s been. Oh, Carrabba’s, how I’ve missed you!
Brian’s had the Chicken Bryan.
David had Spaghetti.
I had the Beef Brasato, which is one of my favorite things to get whenever they have it on special.
Joe gave us a couple of these apple desserts. I just love, love, love Carrabba’s!
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