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“Worst owner, so bad that we left”
Review of Finelli's - CLOSED

Finelli's
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Arlington Blvd
Description: Independant, Family owned, authentic Italian Restaurant. Finellis Cafe serves simple authentic Italian food. Fresh fish, centercut choice beef and veal, tender pork, organic chicken, Homemade sauce and the best Italian Dressing ever. Home made desserts. Extensive wine and beer selection from around the world.
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Went to this restaurant because it was a beautiful evening and they have ample outdoor seating, upon arrival the hostess informed us that WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO SIT OUTSIDE because the owner had decided in the morning that no one was could outside the rest of the day for it was just "too hot". We arrived at Finelli's after the sun went down and there was a nice breeze so it was not "too hot". When we confronted the manager about this she gave us every excuse she could including that the tables were not sanitized as if cleaning a single table is some huge task. After the manager called us "rude" for even confronting her about this she finally cracked admitting the truth and THE MANAGER TOLD US SHE IS NOT ALLOWED TO MAKE ANY DECISIONS BECAUSE HER LAST NAME IS NOT FINELLI. So there you have it, on a beautiful 75 degree night we were not allowed to sit outside because the owner said no one can sit outside 7 hours before we were there and the manager is so terrified of the owner that she would rather lose business then let someone sit outside and have it potentially get back to the owner that she defied him. Prior to this event we have eaten here before the food is mediocre, very salty and by no means "authentic Italian" but its decent enough if you really are craving fake Italian and you do not like olive garden, just dont ask to sit outside.

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3  Thank Jeff K
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Reviewed April 15, 2014

I see I'm not the first to deal with the obnoxious owner-Finelli. Found their wine list mediocre and very overpriced for the offerings. Waiter couldn't open the bottle nor present it correctly- let alone pour it. Food so-so, but cold: hot vegetable was so cold, it must have been sitting out for ages- had to ask them to reheat it in microwave. Finally, when I challenged the inscrutably presented bill with the owner (because of the supposed 20% off on the wine) that neither the waiter nor the floor manager could rationally explain (they said they added the tax, then took the discount), Finelli blew me off as a "troublemaker" (actually, an untypeable word was used). Place was nearly empty- I can see why!

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2  Thank DiscriminatingOne26
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Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

I like to step away from the chain restaurants and support the local business. This place is a nice change of pace, quiet and good food are enough to keep me coming back. Plus the option to dine outside is certainly a plus.

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1  Thank Bsuton
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Reviewed March 6, 2014

The food and presentation at Finelli's is very good, and the general atmosphere is very nice. However, the space is fairly small and the tables in the main dining room feel very "tight." Almost feel like you're eating with the people at the next table… It can also get very loud on crowded nights. The bar area is lovely and probably a better alternative if you're looking for a more romantic evening.

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Thank Footpaws
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Reviewed March 4, 2014

Upscale Italian food in a relaxing atmosphere. Great to eat on their lighted outside patio in good weather. Inviting indoor dining area good for an intimate evening or a group gathering. The Italian cuisine is excellent.

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Thank Robert L
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