My husband's pals had told him about this place, how good the pasta is, and we decided to try it out. There were lots of cars in the parking lot, and it was noisy and crowded inside. We were greeted immediately by very friendly folks, and even though we were seated in an awful location (smack in front of a large tv and next to a group where even the waitress had to push through to get to them). We noticed that a booth was in the process of being cleared, so asked to be seated there. Apparently our waitress was quite new. I guess when you dine in Vineland (don't mean to be a snob!) you shouldn't be surprised that the waitress doesn't know what Chianti is!!! We were being forgiving, considering everything, but now to the food. The bread was a very typical Shop Rite semolina with seeds, which is ok, if you like that type of thing. The salads were large chunks of iceberg -- I never buy iceberg, it has zero nutrients!-- lettuce with fat slices of cucumber, whole grape tomatoes, and "from a can" black olives. Now I hate those things, but I have to admit that my Italian mother-in-law used to buy them all the time, so for people who enjoy this type of "I won't even call it an" olive, it's fine. We were hungry, so we did eat most of the salad anyway. We ordered fried calamari for appetizer, figuring that it's a standard Italian appetizer, let's see how they do. The calamari were not rubbery, so that was good, however, the breading was not crispy, and some pieces even had uncooked gummy dough surrounding them. Also, the calamari should be drained better. However, the dipping sauce was very tasty. It was hot, temperature-wise, with chunky tomato pieces. My husband's gnocchi in marinara sauce was pretty good. My shrimp scampi, however, well -- where was the white wine? It was all oil. Although the taste was very garlicky, which I like, but it all was swimming in oil. The meal gave me indigestion, to say the least.
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