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Italian Restaurant?

misohungrychewlow Mar 25, 2012 08:20 PM

It's been open for a while now and unless I've missed it no one has commented. I have not been there yet. C'mon, chounds! Speak up! Is it good? Is the emperor wearing a toga or less than that?

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    Booger Mar 28, 2012 10:28 AM

    Just read that Bianco was considering the name Fenicee (phen-ee-chee). That is Italian for Phoenix, and also the name of an Opera House in Venice. He said people didn't get it, and thought the name might be misleading.

    Of course, starting with the name "Italian Restaurant" makes it very easy to add something later, which makes it unique "ie. Bianco's Italian Restaurant".

    So, anyone know what the wait is like for lunch? We are going there today (we are suckers for anything Bianco does - and very much looking forward to this). Having been to his other establishments many times, I think I have a pretty good idea of what to expect.

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      Booger Mar 28, 2012 04:17 PM

      To report back:

      I thought it was pretty great. It felt very checkered tablecloth Italian, and the food was wonderful.

      We had the "hits" - which included a side of meatballs, the bread ($2 is a steal - Bianco knows bread, that is for sure). a Rigatoni, and a sausage sandwich.

      The only miss was the sandwich - it was good (with Schreiners sausage), but probably not something I would order again.

      They do have a meatball sandwich, which I think would be really, really amazing (they are fantastic).

      We did not wait, and there were other tables available (meaning, I kind of doubt there is ever a wait for lunch). I think the summer might be harder, since their huge patio will be closed.

      We paid around $30 for 2, without drinks, which I think is reasonable. Also, I would say the portions were not small (I was worried from some other reviews). I definitely thought it was a good value. I think the dinner menu is basically the same price, which is especially a good value.

      I thought Italian Restaurant was pretty great.

      1. re: Booger
        Dmnkly Mar 28, 2012 05:22 PM

        La Fenice? That would've been rather nice, actually. 'Course, it could be argued that that's inviting all kinds of bad mojo. Keep the fire insurance paid.

      2. Bill Hunt Mar 25, 2012 10:10 PM

        And exactly WHICH Italian restaurant, are you referring to?

        Hunt

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        1. re: Bill Hunt
          Dmnkly Mar 25, 2012 10:16 PM

          Are you being coy, Bill? :-)

          Bianco's "Italian Restaurant," of course.

          (If he's trying to make it impossible to do a web search for his restaurant, mission accomplished, BTW.)

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            PHXeater Mar 26, 2012 09:36 AM

            My mom went there and said she wasn't blown away but it was pretty good. I didn't get any other details unfortunately. Planning to give it a try in a couple weeks.

            Off topic but do restaurants ever think of that when they name a place "brunch" or "italian restaurant"?

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              danieli10 Mar 26, 2012 04:55 PM

              Yes, your Mom's review pretty much sums up all of Bianco's restos without calling them "overrated" which they all are...

              Not much trademarkability or brand distincitveness when someone uses a generic term like "Brunch" for a restaurant name. Although, you have to admit,all it takes is a little tweak to discover some distinctiveness....Delux, Over Easy, Humble Pie...

            2. re: Dmnkly
              Bill Hunt Mar 27, 2012 07:30 PM

              Sorry. I had not picked up on that.

              Thank you,

              Hunt

              1. re: Bill Hunt
                Dmnkly Mar 27, 2012 08:51 PM

                Wasn't trying to beat you up... just couldn't tell if that was an intentional shot at the name or not :-)

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