Friday, June 11, 2010
So, it is a nice old restaurant with some interesting history. As for the food and drinks… Well, the first thing you might notice (which can be rather frustrating) is that they only serve sodas in tiny 8 ounce bottles (presumably catering to small children). So, of course, once you finish one of these $1.35 bottles, you must order another. Quant and all, but a rather annoying game to me... I opted for drinking water rather than to spending $10 on drinks (Although, I am told that as of 2012, they now offer fountain drinks)
Also, when you think of a classic Italian restaurant, one of the things you expect is some good fresh bread. Here is what is being served at Pompilio's:
It was as boring a loaf of white bread is it looks, with packets of butter… I did like the house salad I had with my meal. It was basic (some lettuce, cucumbers, tomato, and blue cheese dressing) but good.
This day I decided to try something simple and opted for a classic Italian sub:
The sandwich was pretty good and only $8.75 with fries and a drink. Good, but nothing too interesting… I have ordered the pasta in the past, and my thoughts on it were reinforced by the people who ordered it this day. It is oddly watery yet dry - The sauce is quite watery, while the pasta itself is overcooked. Not a great combination.
Oh well... Just as many people long for an ideal past that never quite existed, I really would like a better Pompilio's that I'd like to think existed when I was younger. But it is what it is now... Not bad. For better or worse, I will keep coming here because of family and tradition. And that is precisely this place's problem - Incentives matter. People come here for the history and tradition. It's an institution. Since they'll always have customers, they've lost their incentive to make sure the food is always great.
In sum, it’s not great Italian food but I did have a nice Italian sub. If they were to get some decent bread and regular sized drinks this would be a pretty good restaurant.