Report Card: Claudiana Italian

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www.ClaudianaRestaurant.com

Overall Grade B+

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere: Grade B:  Outside, the décor is easily overlooked.  But once we opened the door, we were pleasantly surprised.  The dining room is small, but it feels quaint and cozy instead of cramped.  The dining area was not plagued by a bunch of wall hangings or knick knacks that are distracting.  Tables were adequately spaced apart to provide some privacy for dinner conversation, and the background noise was quiet enough to remind you of your high school study hall.  The dining area appeared very clean and well maintained.

High marks: Understated but pleasant décor, fairly quiet, clean and well maintained

Low marks: Small dining room is just one rectangular room, minimal décor could be boring
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Service: Grade B-:  The service we received what pretty much what you would expect from a restaurant in this price range.  While our server did not blow us away with enthusiasm like a high school cheerleader, she was attentive to our needs.  Waiting for food and drink was minimal, and overall the meal flowed very well.  Our meal seemed relaxed and not rushed even though the food arrived promptly.  Our server may have been the new kid at school as she seemed to struggle with drink descriptions as well as ingredient pronunciations.

High marks: Attentive server, minimal wait for both food and drinks

Low marks: Server not very familiar with menu, had trouble pronouncing dish ingredients

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A-:  There was quite a variety of dishes on the menu.  Both of us were pleasantly surprised.  Beer selection was a tad stingy, but not many Italian restaurants have a robust beer selection in my opinion.  The cocktail menu had more selections than we anticipated, and both Katina and myself chose the Moscato spritzer.  We found it flavorful and quite refreshing.  If you are a fan of Moscato, you’re going to want to check this drink out.  The wine list was modest but not exhaustive, and lets face it, with Italian restaurants, wine is the class president.  We ordered the fried calamari for our appetizer.  This is a tradition with us, because it the calamari is bad, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the meal.  This calamari was very well prepared.  It had a nice, light breading and was cooked to a nice crispness without being overdone.  The marinara and aioli sauces were good, but were pretty standard fare for calamari.  Katina chose the chicken marsala for her entrée.  She describes the chicken breast as perfectly cooked, juicy and of the perfect thickness.  She found the marsala sauce rich and flavorful.  The chicken marsala at Claudiana Italian comes with pasta alfredo, which Katina found to be a nice twist on the dish.  The alfredo sauce lent a nice, creamy texture to the dish.  Portion size was on the generous side.  I had the Lamb Chops Mediterranean for my entrée.  The lamb was cooked perfectly, and it was really nice to order a medium well piece of meat and receive a medium well piece of meat.  The lamb was tender and juicy.  The accompanying Mediterranean risotto was also a delight.  If you’re as much of a fan of lamb as me (sorry Mary and Little Bo Peep), you will want to try these chops.  Portion size was adequate.

High marks: Good variety on menu, food cooked as ordered and well prepared

Low marks: Beer selection limited (but not unexpected), sauces for calamari ordinary and lacked pizzazz

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Value: Grade B+:  We found the quality of the food to be on par or slightly above what is expected for dishes in the price range.  Portion size was adequate to generous.  Overall, a very pleasant experience.  We will be going back to explore more of the menu — we suggest you do the same.

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