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Olive Garden

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

I finally had a chance to go to a very popular chain of American restaurants named Olive Garden. It was all packed at 12 am but we were lucky to get a table there.

I cannot say that interior impressed me though the service was definitely American style (are you still working on your food? How is everything? etc)  but pretty good. We were asked if we would like a complimentary glass of Pinot Grigio and of course noone refused.

It was the first time I saw that the restaurant is showing the amount of calories in dish in their menu and this information was surprisingly very helpful. I realized that I am not willing to get a pasta with thousands calories in it!!! Oh My God, what kind a portion is that?

We both went for a house garden salad with garlic breadsticks and one appetizer and were more than full afterwards.

I have nothing against the food quality or service but also no intention of going back either. Strange…

Pizzeria Uno

Saturday, January 9th, 2010

Address: 1 Crossgates Mall Road, Albany, NY, 12203           Rate

Every time I went to Crossgates mall I passed Pizzeria Uno and it was always busy. People were pouring in and out all the time. It was strange to me as there are so many places to go in this area and this particular cafe didn’t look like anything special. Finally I got a chance to find out if Uno is really good.

At the entrance my boyfriend and I stopped in order to let the waitress lead us to the table. We were lucky to get one right away as five minutes later people started to queue. The waitress politely asked if we had been here before and definitely was surprised to hear that it was our first try :).

We ordered the chopped Mediterranean grilled shrimp salad and sausage pizza, as well as a lemon margarita and some chocolate cake. The food arrived pretty soon and the salad was huge, you needed at least two people to eat it and it was very tasty as well. The pizza appeared to be quite bad, no spices, not many toppings, the dough was too hard. The margarita and the cake could have been much better as well.

I have to admit that the prices were affordable and I was not disappointed too much mostly because I was really hungry so the quality of the food and service didn’t matter that much.

It was very nice of the Uno to thank us for our first visit and give us a $5 off coupon for the next one though I don’t think I am going to go there again.