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Re: Milantoni Italian Restaurant?

by viktor.navarro » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:05 am

I haven't visited it personally, but this Milantoni Italian Restaurant seems to be a rather hot new place. People are praising the Carbonara and the desserts.
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Re: Milantoni Italian Restaurant?

by Clay Cundiff » Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:06 pm

Sounds like it's worth a try given the price point. But someone really ought to tell them that one of the stock photos that they are using on the menu page of their website is a picture of an Indian buffet. :D
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Re: Milantoni Italian Restaurant?

by Richard S. » Sun Dec 24, 2017 1:08 pm

We had dinner there Saturday night. Although it's probably the worst location in town for a restaurant, they were nearly full. Food was great; although it looked like they were struggling a bit on the staffing side of things. I could tell the focaccia bread and the cannoli were freshly made.
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Re: Milantoni Italian Restaurant?

by Mark R. » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:49 pm

Richard S. wrote:We had dinner there Saturday night. Although it's probably the worst location in town for a restaurant, they were nearly full. Food was great; although it looked like they were struggling a bit on the staffing side of things. I could tell the focaccia bread and the cannoli were freshly made.

We talk to the owners were we were there early Thursday evening and 1 of the things we discussed was staffing. The problem right now is that since they are relatively new the number of guests they have varies considerably. They don't want to (nor should they) considerably over staff to cover the peaks because that would leave them considerably overstaffed if the crowds do not materialize. Obviously is an issue they are working on and looking at however.

I certainly agree about the location but they are just kids starting their 1st business (although they have quite a bit of experience already from previous positions) and the location had very reasonable rent for them to get started. Hopefully business continues to grow, which I really think it will based on their food quality, they would like to move to a much better location in the future. If they can do well in this location they can do well anyplace.
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Re: Milantoni Italian Restaurant?

by SilvioM » Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:49 pm

Because of this forum, I checked out this place last night. It was a mixed bag, let me start with the not-so-good.

Basically, anything that isn't the food. The building needs work. Now, the problem isn't that it was a Wendy's -- the problem is that it still mostly looks like a fast food place. The layout is the same, the tables appear to be too, and the lighting is bad, even flickered a few times. They have a few Italian touches strewn about, but not much to cover up what it was. The music was odd, came from a TV and started with something Italian, then turned into a set of Celtic Women (?!?) videos. Strange, but not terrible. What was -- the COLD. It was 16 degrees outside and inside, better, but not nearly enough. We still had to leave our coats on despite sitting in the "warm" section -- heated by a shaky central system and a few six-inch space heaters.. I could feel the breeze coming through the windows. Were the plates not heated, I think the food would have chilled quickly.

The food, however, was excellent. We had three pasta dishes, all were clearly homemade, sauces were outstanding, and the pasta was fresh and had a great texture. The garlic bread was complimentary, we received two free sets of six sticks and ate them all. The toppings were really good. Other than that, the house salad wasn't distinctive, but fine enough. The service was good but it wasn't that busy, just four other coat-wearing tables were present during our 45 minute stay.

Was it worth it? Maybe. It seems that the lunch menu is a great deal (perhaps too good?), but the dinners, which seem to average about $12 a plate, are about right given that the portions are good, though not generous.

Worth a return? Not until it's above freezing, and even then, I'd stick with the lunch specials when/if I'm in the area again. The food is quite impressive, but I'd likely pay $5 more a plate for dinner at Silvio's or Ciao to sit in a nicer, and warmer, setting. I do hope the best for Milantoni's -- the food is good enough to gain a following, whether or not the other hindrances will allow them to thrive in a heavily competitive area will be interesting to see.
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