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Stresa Italian Restaurant
Posted by Ron on 09/11/2009
Other reviewers seem to have had hit-or-miss service, but we've always had capable serving staff. There is absolutely nothing hit-or-miss about the food, though. It's simply the best Italian cooking in Florida—and possibly the east coast. The veal is indescribably tender and flavorful and the pizzaioli sauce is wonderful beyond words. Pasta is first rate and the dover sole, while pricy, is a gastronomic delight. Beef carpaccio may have been invented at Harry's Bar in Venice but Stresa has perfected it. The freshness and quality of all the ingredients, from the first course to dessert are clearly evident. Located on a busy thoroughfare and with a tricky parking lot, this is a do not miss eating establishment.
Posted by Sammy on 07/21/2009
We have been to this restaurant many times and have recommended it to many of my friends. It is reminiscent of Italian restaurants in New York City’s Little Italy. The food is excellent especially the veal. Prices have risen 30% in the past few years, and it would still be worth it if the quality of service matched that of the food. Unfortunately it does not even come close. In Little Italy, waiters treat you like you are a guest in their home. In Stresa’s they treat you like you are an annoyance to be tolerated. Service at this restaurant has been declining for years. When I’m paying nearly $60.00 per person (with tax and tip) I expect to be treated professionally. Our waiter was curt, condescending, arrogant and insulting. He literally ruined the meal. My guests were shocked because I had recommended the restaurant so highly. There are many other fine restaurants in this area, I will not be going back to this one nor will, I am sure, any of my guests. If the level of service that we experienced is now typical of this restaurant, I don’t expect them to remain in business much longer.
Posted by kimberly on 08/22/2008
fabulous, authentic food, tortellini in brodo soup is over the top! grilled calamari I would rate it a 4 but very delicious. Worth trying again and other items