Strings Italian Cafe
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|Outdoor seating:||Yes||Smoking allowed:||No|
|Family friendly:||Yes||Good for groups:||Yes|
|Hours:||Open daily, 0:00 am - 0:00 am|
We went there for lunch today because we were picking grocery at Westlake. We had Sophie with us so we asked to sit outside. When the server came out, she asked if we just want to tie Sophie outside instead. I gave her a very stern look and a very stern NO. (Sophie is so little and friendly, someone can easily snatch her up!) Not a good first impression at all. She came across as someone who would rather not be bother to clean the table and service us outside. Why the heck do you bother with having outdoor tables then? Anyway, she did managed to get a table set up for us and she was very friendly throughout the meal afterward. The food here is about average. Maybe a small step above Olive Garden in terms of taste and value. The minestrone soup (all entrees come with soup or salad) was one of the worst version, if not the worst, I've had. It was filled with a weird combination of vegetables. It had lots and lots of zucchini, some cabbage and 2 pieces of carrot. The zucchini was so overcooked that it looked like it's been in the broth for days! Yellow and mushy. The broth tasted nothing like vegetables, more like some strange seasoning blend. Thankfully, the entrees were better. Hubby had the Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna Pastry combo and I had the Chicken Lombardy. My chicken was not as tender as I like, but had a nice sauce of artichoke hearts, mushroom and marsala wine. It came with a side of spaghetti that seemed to have the same sauce as the chicken with maybe a little tomato paste added to it. It's strange but the spaghetti reminds me of the versions that you find at Hong Kong style cafes. I had small bites of hubby's food and thought both items were decent, but nothing special. Prices here are a little high. Yes, you do get soup or salad with your entree. And yes, portions are substantial. But, the quality isn't exactly stellar. And it's a chain, not a very good chain either. I believe the lunch specials are pretty good deals, but the weekend/holiday/evening menu (what we paid for today) is not great value.