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Todd English's Tuscany - Mohegan Sun

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jellybelly25 Apr 26, 2007 02:14 PM

There are some old comments on this restaurant, none of them offering much praise, nonetheless I'll be dining at Tuscany next weekend for dinner. Has anyone been there recently who would be able to recommend some good dishes (are there any that I should avoid)?

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    CharlestownCarrie May 10, 2007 09:58 AM

    My take on Tuscany was this: it's basically Olives dumbed-down to appeal to mass crowds who THINK they're cutting edge, adventerous, eaters but actually are not. Now, my meal there tasted good and all (I think I had some sort of salmon), but it really wasn't anything special. The portions were huge.

    Overall, I wouldn't rush back, but if I wound up there again, so be it. It did seem a little overpriced, but most casino places are, so that didn't really surprise me or concern me.

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      jellybelly25 May 10, 2007 07:51 AM

      I ate at Tuscany on Saturday and was actually pleasantly surprised with the meal
      and the service. Coming from Montreal and as someone who dines out frequently as
      well as having worked as a chef, I was very critical but could not find much to
      complain about.
      Maybe this had something to do with the fact that our reservation was early
      (5.30).

      We had a very private table near the front of the restaurant (in a little
      alcove). The waitress was very attentive, asking us if we wanted drinks and even
      asked if we wanted a second round. She never made any indication that we should
      order, even though I heard a couple trying to get a reservation but the
      restaurant was booked untill 11 pm that evening. It was actually me that urged
      my party to order, after being there for over half an hour, because I didn't
      want to keep the next guests waiting for a table.

      Three of us decided to go the way of apps, opting for the foie gras trio, baked
      oysters, caesar salad, and prosciutto and fig flatbread while the other two
      ordered the fried calamari and spaghetti and meatballs.

      Someone on an early post complained about being unable to decipher that there
      were actually three types of foie gras because of the size but that wasn't the
      case for us. There was one seared, a terrine, and an empanada served with a huge
      block of goat cheese and greens wrapped in prosciutto. Foie gras is expensive
      and for the $16 or $18 that we paid, the size was ample. The caesar dressing
      tasted homemade and the flatbread was good. At first I couldn't find the figs
      but you could taste the sweetness (they were under the proscuitto). The three of
      us had a hard time finishing our four shard apps we we're so full. We also
      shared a bottle of shiraz that cost $28. I was impressed with the number of
      inexpensive wines on the list for what is supposed to be a gourment restaurant
      (a major plus).

      As for my other two friends, their calamari was crispy (no hint of sogginess)
      served with three sauces. At one point they requested more of the arrabiatta
      sauce, which the waiter felt that she took to long to bring to the table so she
      brought another plate of calamari free of charge. Their spaghetti and meatballs
      was also good (although I am not one to pay $16 for it). Each plate had 4 or 5
      meatballs (easily a pound of meat). They were tender and well seasoned with
      herbs.

      The only downside, the waitress added a filet mignon on the bill that didn't
      belong to our table. I wouldn't go out of my way to go to this restaurant but if
      I was in the area I would definately stop by again. It was not the best but it
      definately was not mediocre like many of these posts led me to believe.
      Foxwoods' restaurants on the other hand, ehh. The only one that I will go out of
      my way to complain about here is the Sunday Brunch.

      Foxwoods Sunday Brunch, what a piece of crap!!!! The setting was nice, and the
      food setup was a feast for the eyes but the $55 price tag is the biggest rip off
      ever. I was unaware that it cost this much when I made the reservation. I was
      guessing more in the $30 range and they don't post the price outside the
      restaurant either. The meal came with one glass of champagne. Heck, I've had
      free flowing sparking wine at $14 brunches in Vegas.

      Two of us ate the brunch and when the bill came, it was $116 ($55 each plus tax) for the two of us (my jaw dropped to the floor but there was really nothing I could do - we already ate). Considering that I was at a casino for the weekend, the brunch ended up being my biggest loss and I'm still licking my wounds from that one. The brunch ended up being the most expensive meal of the weekend (over Tuscany, Summer Shack, and
      Cedar's Steakhouse).

      1. Angel Food Apr 30, 2007 01:58 PM

        Went with a group last summer, I recall that we were all more impressed with the appetizers and the pizza than the entrees. Make a meal out of those if you can!

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          garethblackstock Apr 30, 2007 02:34 PM

          Agreed. Order a bunch of Apps!

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            sodagirl May 1, 2007 06:23 AM

            Order the pork chops..next time you need to re-sole your shoes you'll be all set.

            I must have ordered ther wrong apps... this restaurant required me to find a new definition to the words "dining experience"...

        2. thegolferbitch Apr 30, 2007 07:10 AM

          I think you may have already dined, but if you haven't and you have the option, for the money, I have enjoyed better meals for a lower price at the Summer Shack in Mohegan. Now, granted...an entirely diff. style of food. And I don't like all Summer Shacks, this is the only one I like, and that has consistently wowed me. I agree with ElizabethHenton and cheesey in being underwhelmed the two times I dined at Tuscany.

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            cheesey Apr 28, 2007 03:18 PM

            I enjoy the other Italian restaurant - Caesar and Pompeii - much more. When I ate at Tuscany I couldn't figure out why Todd English was a big name chef - it was mediocre at best

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              ElizabethHenton Apr 26, 2007 04:10 PM

              it's what you might think it is. This factory is over the top, casino priced redux of some of his goto dishes. This type of cuisine is Todd's so called forte and it's all good, but it's so commercialized and much worse dining experience than his charlestown/Boston spots. It lost that personal touch for me. And WHOA - when you don't put prices on the menu, that's a bit too pretentious for me.

              Diatribe over. The two way lamb is terrific and you should order

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