leonardo's in rhinebeck - opinions?
was @rhinebeck farmer's market today, and went to the little cobblestone area behind it. saw the japanese restaurant and another place was closed, and saw leonardo's italian marketplace had a sign on their door, to petition the landlord to support the area. apparently, no visibility + promised support which never happened = slow foot traffic.
anyhow...i stopped into leonardo's. and it looked really good, like the kind of italian marketplace you'd want in your town. they also serve food and dinners during the week.
so, my questions for any locals:
-> how is their pizza? they claim "napolitano", and that they use their own marinara sauce with it...so is it good?
-> how are their other foods / meals?
i felt pretty bad hearing about the lack of landlord support, but want to hear any thoughts on the food.
I can only speak for the cold sandwiches. I don't get any of the proprietary ones on the board, I tell them what I want, but its not far off some of the ones listed.
I'm kind of particular about my Italian subs and they meet the mark every time I have gone for one. The ingredients are quality and its put together well. The last time I was there they gave me a slice of the Cappy before making the sandwich to see if the thickness was to my liking which was appreciated since they would have cut it too thick otherwise.
I have been there repeated times since my first sub and will be going again.
p.s. I've had Rossi's before as well and it is very good but also 20 minutes down the road, or more, so not really an appropriate alternative if your looking for lunch here and now.
p.s.s. Who remembers Minafra's in Red Hook? They made some killer subs.
Many of Leonardo's products are top quality, and dare I say worth the ridiculous price. However, there are multiple that are purchased from the likes of Sam's Club, have labels removed, and are priced as premium.
On multiple review forums, the owner has quite obviously posted an opinion acting as a customer- and even been caught doing so.
You are not likely to see many true locals in this store, if for no other reason than principle.
Leonardo's has reincarnated itself to the main street, simplifying, serving salads, soups and sandwiches. He is carrying the Caio Bello gelatos, served by the scoop. 12 ounce or 16 ounce coffee is $1, honor system, serve yourself. Sandwiches, high quality; a few tables for sit down inside.
I agree about the Spumoni at Leonardo's Italian Deli, not too good. I've had their sub sandwiches, often, which are good, but pricy.
If you want fabulous pizza, go to Salvatore's Pizzaria in Red Hook and order Grandma's Pizza. It is different from all the others with a different sauce and cheese but will make you salivate, just breathing in the aroma. It is the thick slice, square cut with fresh, peeled tomato chunks on top and garlic (but not bitter or strong, at all). Someone brought several to our book group this summer and since then I've been back about 4 times. I don't know what they do, but this is an AMAZING PIZZA!!!
Not really a fan. Like adegiulio, I think they are spotty- and I like consistancy. Not worth it for me to spend te money on a maybe ;) I also think they are overpriced.
I much prefer Rossi's Deli in Poughkeepsie or Joe's Italian Marketplace in Fishkill.
But, that is just my two cents.
I havent eaten any of their prepared foods, but I do go there all the time for other stuff. To put it simply, its hit or miss. Sometimes they slice the prosciutto just right, sometimes its too thick. I've had their olives that turned out to be dry and starting to shrivel, and other times where they are plump and fantastic. The youngsters that work there seem like they care, but I dont think there is enough training. Also, their "famous" spumoni is absolutely horrible, avoid it. Their sausages are terrific, as is their salume.
Hope you enjoy.