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Edmonton's Sorrentino's, which is the best?

felix the hound Jul 24, 2008 05:44 PM

We used to eat at the Sorrentino's near Spinelli's often many years ago before it changed owners. Now there are many, but except for the west end location ( where Ive had a couple of mediocre business lunches ( the lunch, not the business) and the dowtown location ( which is pricier) I have not been to any in a long while. I thought I might give them a try. Is there a location and any menu items that you would recommend?

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    Bob Mac RE: felix the hound Jul 24, 2008 08:52 PM

    felix:

    The "Little Italy" location is as far as I know still "family" with Mateou [bad spelling?] operating it from Stella's side of the family.

    I used to be a regular downtown and at the west end location but less so of late.

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      Bryn RE: Bob Mac Jul 25, 2008 06:00 AM

      I like the little italy one too. Especially their Gnocchi in Gorgonzola.

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        ihatepickyeaters RE: Bryn Jul 25, 2008 09:18 AM

        i agree. little italy one is quaint and more reasonably priced. i had the gnocchi last time i was there - delicious.

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      itwillmakeaturd RE: felix the hound Jul 26, 2008 01:44 AM

      I am Chowhound's new heel, so read carefully.

      No matter what location you go to it will make a turd, but cognoscenti hard done by enough to go to Sorrentino's prefer the Little Italy version. Three votes for gnocchi.

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        pengcast RE: felix the hound Jul 28, 2008 08:40 AM

        I have never understood how this grew into a chain. I had lunch at the downtown location recently and thought it was wildy over-priced and at best mediocre. My experience at the Little Italy location had mostly been good but the last I went I was very disappointed. The night we were in there was no veal at all. I had gnocci which was pretty good. The best part of the meal was the soup of the day.

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          Dan G RE: pengcast Jul 28, 2008 09:15 AM

          Well, it isn't just the good restaurants that become chains. Mediocrity and a good business model are more conducive to expansion than good food.

          I've eaten at all the Sorrentinos in the city (including the now-defunct Whyte Ave one), some twice just to give them a chance, but none have warranted a third visit. As pengcast said, overpriced and mediocre at best.

          Maybe I've become too picky over the past few years, as I've had the opportunity to eat at more and more good to great restaurants in other cities, and become a better cook myself, but I have no tolerance for mediocre food, high prices and bad service.

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          foodiesnorth RE: felix the hound Aug 2, 2008 09:16 AM

          Eaten at a few of them, all bad. That's Aroma is, I believe, one of their chain. Have not been there for a while and may not even be around any more (near the Royal Alex. hospital), but was the best of a bad lot.

          Ate at the Sherwood Park branch with 15 others and one of the group enjoyed their meal about 6 months ago. Food was delivered over cooked, undercooked and the orders got screwed up. We complained then and the next day (to the manager). Nothing was done in fact the manager actually denied there had been problems. They lost a lot of local business that night.

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            beggsy RE: foodiesnorth Aug 2, 2008 06:37 PM

            I agree with you. We also ate there about 8 months ago and it was horrible. Overcooked pasta, tasteless sauce. Wasn't even worth complaining, it was so bad. You can tell they wouldn't 'get it'.

          2. livetocook RE: felix the hound Aug 2, 2008 09:12 PM

            Ate at the South side one about 8 months ago as DH had a gift certificate. I hadn't eaten at one in about 10 years and was a little skepitcal as I remember that one was overpriced and not memorable. This meal was probably the worst pasta I've had outside of Olive Garden/ Eastside Marios. My food was so flavourless that, no word of a lie, I picked up the rosemary/garlic infused oil (used for dipping your crusty bread in) and poured some of it over top of my pasta. It helped a lot. This I remember was one of those turning points where I realized I could whip up something so much better at home. (And at the time, crazy "exotic-type" sauces was still something I had to master)

            Co-workers swear by the westend one but, I find some of them a little chowhound-less. Eat at your own risk ;o)

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              hornvixen RE: livetocook Aug 2, 2008 09:35 PM

              The pasta is cooked the day before........

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                kali_MM RE: livetocook Aug 6, 2008 02:16 PM

                My friend and I ate at the St. Albert branch about a month back - the pasta was so overcooked it was mush. This was at lunchtime, where there were very few patrons. Their second attempt at the pasta was better, but we won't be going back...

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