We were so excited to know that a new restaurant was opening in Crucita. It was Italian, and we do have two other good Italian Restaurants in Crucita, El Rustico and Fiore, but it is always great to have choices. One Friday night the word got out to meet at Genoa. There were 28 of us, so we filled up most of the restaurant. It was the first time that such a big group got together reminiscent of Friday Night Pizza. That’s where the good part ended. The only people who like the food were the people who ordered Spaghetti Marinara, which was spaghetti with a garlic sauce and shellfish. The bread was good, too. I ordered lasagna pesto. They asked if we wanted it hot or cold. I chose hot. It came cold. Audrey and I sent it back for a refire and the waiter came out shouting “caliente”, holding our plates with a towel or napkin. I tasted the pesto and it was stone cold again, so I did touch the plate to see if it was really hot and it was cold. So much for “caliente”. Audrey kept hers even though it was cold and I went back for a refire, but again it came cold. While waiting for our refires, we asked for bread and I dipped it into Leo’s garlic sauce still on his plate. Leo was up talking to others, so I knew he was done with it. The sauce was great, so I enjoyed the bread. I ate my lasagna cold and Audrey took hers home to heat up later. The spaghetti with red sauce tasted like it was out of a jar or can according to one expat. The owner was from Italy, but I am guessing he is not using his “old family recipes”-but then again I guess not EVERYONE in Italy can cook well.
The owner knows that we did not really like the food. I hope he just modifies his recipes, because if he does everyone will be willing to give him another chance. One expat, his friend, said we were acting like “ugly Americans” because we expressed that we did not like the food. (the owner is an Italian expat). If I owned a restaurant, I would be sad if people did not like my food, but I would be trying other recipes and inviting some other expats there to taste test it until I had some recipes that the people who will be patronizing the restaurant liked. I want his restaurant to be successful.