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Posted by Anonymous on 09/16/2008
Rialto's was very disappointing. The food was nothing special. We got the sirloin steak and i was not able to cut it with my knife and when i asked for a new knife that wasn't much better. The appetizers were nothing special, i can honestly say the only good part of the whole meal was the garlic bread that was served with the appetizers. I wouldn't waste your time or money at the place. very disappointing
Posted by Anonymous on 02/21/2007
Rialto is our favorite restaurant for special occasions. So we were anxius to see how the new Italian concept and new decor would affect our affections for the place. It is also my favorite spot for entertaining for business. On balance, I would say that the high quality of the food is the same: excellent. With the exception of the maitre'd (which I will get to later), the tone of the service has changed. Our waiter was more mature, more professional, and a little formal than in the past. This was good for a place of this price point. He was perfect. Food was excellent.. I opted for three appetizers and the portions were small but after all, they were appetizers. Red wine risotto was outstanding. Raw tuna and beet plate was good but I could have used a touch of greens or more beets or just more. It was very skimpy, even for an appetizer. A side dish of braised fennel was fabulous but again the portion was teeny tiny. Atmosphere was good and refined until, and it is a big until: the bar behind us (no wall to separate) filled up with a huge table of people screaming and yelling. We could not have a conversation between the two of us any longer. I asked the maitre-d if he could ask them to keep it down a bit. He replied that they were conventioneers. Huh? Because he would not agree to request that they be a little quieter, I said that I would be happy to get up and talk to them. He then suggested that we switch tables (we were in the middle of dinner). Finally he said that he would talk to them but he didn't. We were considering leaving at this point. When some fod arrived at their table, they quieted down a little bit, enough to make the rest of the meal tolerable. However, the attitude of the maitre'd continues to rankle me, more so as I write. Perhaps he thought the conventioneers were young like himself and we were older and stodgy. But we are the returning customers who live locally. And we will think twice about when to return.