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Pines of Florence
Posted by PCC on 11/10/2010
I used a gift certificate to dine at this restaurant and it was pretty good. Marina sause was tasty. My girlfriend really liked the grilled salmon. I do not think the place will become one of my favorite restaurants, but we would go back to eat there.
Posted by anonymous on 05/13/2010
What can I say, needs improvements. An indicator for quality of food in restaurants is looking at the quality of pepper on the tables. If they're willing to get the cheapest powder grade pepper, how much will they spend on individual ingredients? Bread was cold and olive oil was ok at best. Sauce was bland and too watery. They had a picture poster on a side wall that was wrinkled from humidity over time. They should have swapped it a long time ago or get it framed/protected. Unless they invest towards improvements, I cannot recommend this place for the prices charged.
Posted by asar on 02/19/2010
Marinara sauce taste like almost a week old, pizza dough was too sour, meaning it's old and service is really poor, busy with their cell phone. Don't recommend to anybody,
Posted by Anonymous on 01/16/2010
My wife and I have tried takeout a few times from the Pines of Florence, each time hoping the next will be a better experience. It never gets better. Bland is the best descriptor of most items we have tried. Pizza is so-so. Meatballs are heavy in the bread/cracker filler. Sauces don’t match in taste what you dip into them. The side of bread is plain and white with a pat of butter. Most recently I tried the Seafood Shrimp and Scallop with White Sauce. This dish is bitter with overwhelming garlic. I love garlic but OMG! That hurt to try to finish, so I threw it out. We recommend that you skip PoF until they find a new Chef, revamp the menu and rebuild a reputation. Until then, if you like Pizza? Go to Papa Johns. Like Seafood? Go the Mei’s Asian Bistro within an easy walk. Otherwise, stay at home and enjoy something in a can for better taste.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/13/2008
I have dined at the restaurant a few times in the the past year & I love it. The food is excellent! They are somehow able to make traditionally heavy dishes taste lighter. The marinara sauce on the eggplant parmesan was a delicious twist. Even the fried foods have a light flavor. The portions were big enough to even satisfy the appetite of my 8.5 months pregnant wife. The servers were attentive & friendly (my water glass never got less than half empty before being refilled). I highly recommend this place. I don't know what the problems was with the "not impressed" reviewer. This place is consistently excellent
Posted by Hawthorn on 06/25/2008
I'm surprised that this place has stayed in business, given its unremarkable location and mediocre food. The menu is fairly straightforward Italian, nothing stands out as excellent or even very good. Service is always very slow and the servers act as though they don't care that you're there, even if you're the only one in the restaurant. My most recent visit, one became visibly annoyed when a guest asked a question about the wine list. Decor is bland, bar is smoky, and the only reason I would go there again is for carryout pizza.
Posted by K on 03/19/2008
I am always getting takeout from Pines of Florence. It is always very quick and delicious. I enjoy going into the restaurant as well I used to take my family there when they would come to visit. I recommend Pines to anyone look for yummy italian food from italians.