Gambardella's in Fairbanks
We visited Gambardella's Pasta Bella last night for the first time. We had some high hopes for some decent Italian but we were really disappointed. For appetizers we had their Antipasto for Two and Salsici Italiani. The sausage was the best thing we ate there. The antipasto was good but I didn't think there was enough meat, especilly since it is billed as "for two". There was one piece of ham, about 3 slices of salami, a few pieces of another meat I can't remember, 4 olives, 2 peppercinis, red bell pepper and grated cheese. While I didn't think it was big enough for 2 it still tasted pretty good. Our entrees came with minestrone soup. It was very think and full of beans, split peas, carrots and celery. It looked promising but it was extremely bland. No flavor at all. For the entrees I had the Spaghetti Marinara and my husband had the Chicken Parmesan which came with a side of the spaghetti marinara. These were truly awful. His chicken was hugh but it was very tough. My spaghetti was undercooked, old and dry. It was covered in the marinara sauce but I could still see a few pieces of pasta that had that dried out, been sitting for a while look. The marinanra sauce was just as bland as the soup. I probably only ate 5 bites and that was because I loaded it down with parmesan and salt. I finaly gave up. My husband didn't eat any of the sauce because he hates onions and it was made with onions in it. I wanted to try their pizza, so we had previously ordered a small Milano to go. It was made using the same marinara sauce so of course it was bland too. There is no doubt in my mind that this was the worst meal that I have ever had. I know that Fairbanks isn't known for their food, but this was bad.
I have to soo agree with you. The food in Gambardella is awful. I was there few weeks ago. I "had" tomato-basil soup and my friend "had" minestrone. Well, both of those soups were exactly as you describe - thick, full of beans and carrots and celery and bland. I live in Fairbanks and promised myself to never go there again. Times before, the food's been greasy and, well, boring. Avoid this restaurant.