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Debated posting this review but after some thought, here goes: No idea what happened to the "old" Rosina's but the "new" one, well, too bad. Stopped there a few weeks ago when they were without a liquor license - Passed on it that night but went back last week. Yes, they could serve but I should have been a little more aware of early signs. A 4 -5 minute wait at the hostess station before anyone came by - only three tables occupied at 7:00. Went ahead anyway and sat. A great martini to start. A good sign! Then the bread basket - three slices of supermarket quality "Tuscan" bread. Despite a very nice dipping oil, not a good sign. Both ordered the chicken parm. (what happened to all the good seafood specialties??) Maybe its my Rhode Island backround with Italian places that a eally Sicillian but this dish, when I have ordered it before, is a boneless breast, slightly pounded, browned then baked with a marinara sauce and cheeses. What arrived a very thin (and small) piece of chicken more suited to a picata style which had been sauteed then had sauce poured over and cheese sprinkeled and broiled. On the side, little more than a tablespoon of gemelli pasta cooked so al dente as to be nearly raw. On it the same sauce as the chicken. And that sauce! Not sure what they were going for but it remeinded me of a salsa fresca early on in the cooking process. Fresh tomato taste but nothing else! Garlic?? Herbs?? Wine?? Nahhhh. Capped the evening off with a cappucinno that was nothing more than ordinary and could have been hotter. The service was only OK. Price was not bad but I have to consider that I left still hungry. I guess to avaid that one would have to order apps, soup, salad, entree and desert. None of the portions I saw being served were what I would call more than lunchon size.
Bottom line: I miss the old Rosina's and really can't recommend the new one.

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Rosina's Cafe
15 Cove Rd, Orleans, MA 02653

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