Sole Mio

Sole Mio states “At Sole Mio, we are constantly striving to bring to you, our customers, the greatest selection of Italian food for your pleasure.

I’m not so sure, though…

First of all, the location is great – just off of the main Downtown area and plentiful parking spaces. The reviews I’d already read were mixed so I really wasn’t sure what to expect but I was looking forward to the food as many reviewers had said the Italian fare was very good to excellent.

Sadly, I was disappointed.

We were seated quickly, indeed the restaurant was less than half full on a Thursday night at 7.30, but that was the highlight of the evening for me.

The restaurant is dimly lit to the point of being too dark to see clearly at times, the decor is dated and the overall feeling of the place is a little dank. The waiter was friendly and mostly attentive but more than a little over familiar with us to the point of making us uncomfortable.

We ordered wine that was acceptable but not great and certainly overpriced. The appetizers were slow in coming out but generally ok. We had the Tomato Bisque that was flavorful and creamy but it had clearly been reheated in a microwave to the point it was near boiling. The flatbread was a generous portion but the dough was very chewy, as was the cheese on the top – we were unable to work out what type of cheese would become so hard and chewy on an Italian dish…

For entrees, the Boss ordered the Pollo Parmesan which was a little dry but otherwise fine. I had the Cannelloni that was awful!

Wikipedia defines cannelloni as “a cylindrical type of pasta generally served baked with a filling and covered by a sauce in Italian cuisine.” Why then does this “Italian” restaurant serve crepes as a substitute for the pasta? Crepes? In a cannelloni? In an authentic Italian restaurant? Really?! In addition, the “sauce” tasted like water and there was a total lack of seasoning. The waiter asked how things were and I gave him my honest opinion. He agreed that crepes are an interesting substitution and told me he had complaints about this dish all the time. He kindly offered to take it away and suggested the Lasagne as an alternative.

The lasagne was awful…

It was, at least, real pasta but that’s the only good point. The sauce was the same bland water and, again, the burning heat of the dish and the steam coming from it betrayed the fact that it had just been reheated in the microwave. After two bites it was abandoned. The waiter came back, sympathized with me, and took it away. No further offers of replacement or taking it off the bill though.

We decided to skip dessert and ended the evening with an espresso and biscotti biscuit. That was excellent. 5 stars for the coffee…