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Orta in Pembroke not good

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MAhasbadfood Jan 9, 2011 02:14 PM

I went to Orta in Pembroke Saturday night. We started with a stuffed eggplant appetizer and rice balls. Both were sub par. The eggplant was chewy and the rice balls were flavorless. We had a glass of Cabernet before the main course came. It was extremely bland. One of the worst glasses of wine I have had in MA ever.

I had a gnocchi dish for the main course and my wife had a butternut squash ravioli dish. The gnocchi had some kind of pesto sauce. I think pesto is one of the most flavorful sauces out there. Somehow Orta was able to remove all flavor from the dish. Quite a feat in my opinion.

I tasted my wife's ravioli dish. Somehow the flavor was removed from there as well.

The atmosphere was nice and the service was great.

Overall I give it a C-. If the waiter was not so nice I would have given it a D.

I would have been better off going to Burger King. I don't even like Burger King but at least I would have gotten what I expected.

I don't care what anybody says on this site. I will never go back to Orta.

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Orta Restaurant
75 Washington St, Pembroke, MA 02359

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  1. CocoDan RE: MAhasbadfood Jan 10, 2011 06:24 AM

    That's really interesting. Ive been at least a half dozen times and never had anything bad. As a matter of fact it's all been very good. I'm guessing your handle tells the story.
    CocoDan

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      T.Clark RE: MAhasbadfood Jan 10, 2011 08:22 AM

      While I disagree with badfood on the greatness of Riva, I have to agree on Orta not being very good. I've been 4 times myself and have had varying degrees of mediocre food as well as amateurish service. Very young and clueless hostesses, waitstaff eating food at the service area, cooks opening cryovac'd meats with their teeth, buss boys power chowing giant bowls of pasta at the table next to us, undercooked pizzas, underseasoned, flavorless pasta dishes, dishes missing ingredients (arancini telephono, sans mozzarella etc.) strange not-even-close-to-Italian specials. That's been my experience in a nut shell.

      I've eaten at Jimmy's various restaurants over the past 20+ years and they've generally been very good, sometimes amazing. So I respect him as a chef. But Orta is a continuation on a theme that I think he started with Tullio's and continued on at Riva. That theme is a dumbed down version of Italian cuisine for the South Shore market.

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        CocoDan RE: T.Clark Jan 10, 2011 08:52 AM

        That is one seriously tough nutshell. Happy to say I've not experienced any of those issues or maybe I'm not paying close enough attention. While I agree that the service is not always that great, it gets by. I never was a big fan of Tullio's, and was surprised the first time we went to Orta, and left very satisfied. Forgive me for repeating myself, but my Father always reminded me "that's why they have horse races".
        CocoDan

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        Orta Restaurant
        75 Washington St, Pembroke, MA 02359

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          MAhasbadfood RE: CocoDan Jan 10, 2011 03:42 PM

          I agree with you guys on Tulios. At least I had good service at Orta.
          T.Clark can you make any recommendations for the South Shore? I have done the circuit and need a new restaurant to try. The South Shore is tough for a guy from Manhattan, NY. Don't hold it against me. I love to eat and I was hoping Orta would be great. But it was not and I gots to tell the truth.
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          Orta Restaurant
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          MAhasbadfood RE: T.Clark Jan 10, 2011 05:21 PM

          Any good restaurants on the South shore?

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            T.Clark RE: MAhasbadfood Jan 10, 2011 06:41 PM

            What places were on your circuit? From your username it appears you've made up your mind already. I like Solstice in Kingston, it rarely disappoints us. I had a couple of nice meals at Oro last year.

        3. cannedmilkandfruitypebbles RE: MAhasbadfood Jan 11, 2011 10:07 AM

          it's a moderately priced SS restaurant that specializes in brick oven pizza. For what it is, it's decent. If you go expecting a good pizza and a couple of apps for a very fair price, you won't be dissapointed. I've had some good dishes and some not so good. That makes it your average restaurant.

          1. trufflehound RE: MAhasbadfood Jan 11, 2011 10:10 AM

            How bout Fat Cat, or any plethora of good asian restaurants in Quincy? Isabella in Dedham, Byblos in Norwood all qualify as SS.

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            24 Chestnut St, Quincy, MA 02169

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              T.Clark RE: trufflehound Jan 11, 2011 10:19 AM

              Dedham and Norwood are on the South Shore? I would argue that they are really not on the South Shore all day long.

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                trufflehound RE: T.Clark Jan 11, 2011 02:29 PM

                OK, south of Boston. But, closer than Manhattan.

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                  dundy RE: trufflehound Jan 11, 2011 06:00 PM

                  Wow...I have been to Orta twice recently and was very impressed with the food both times. I agree that hostesses were clueless but I had an osso bucco that was one of the best I've had. I also had a barollo and a malbec that were both good. Pizza's were better than average and I would def. return...

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                  Orta Restaurant
                  75 Washington St, Pembroke, MA 02359

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