Tutta Pasta closed in Hoboken, NJ
From the looks of it – Tutta Pasta has closed down in Hoboken.
While no formal announcement has been made – employees of the restaurant were told to “go home” yesterday – and were spotted drinking at the Wilton House bar in the afternoon.
As you can see – the windows are all papered up.
What next for 200 Washington Street?
Description: Italian restaurant. Spacious, open dining area. Fine dining. Outdoor dining available. Zagat rated. Entrée price range $10 -$20.
Address: 200 Washington St, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Telephone: (201) 792-9102
May 2006 Lunch Special Review:
Let me preface this review with the following rant-
One thing people need to understand is that your personal preferences and opinions are just that. YOUR opinion, YOUR preferences. Italian food specifically always seems to spark GREAT debate about who is better, what sucks and what doesn't. Very strong opinions indeed.
However, regardless of what people tell you, you know what you like, and you're going to stick with it.
With reviewers, whether movie critics or restaurants, people will tend to find one that has similar tastes and will feel more apt to agree rather than disagree.
This reminds me of an ex-girlfriend of mine. Who hated all Italian restaurants that "didn't taste like daddies". Bleh! Ewww! Yuck!
I then told her "Why in Gods name even TRY eating Italian food other than daddies???"
Is that the case? Do people tend to like food that tasted like what their father or grandmother made their whole lives?
[END OF RANT]
ON TO THE LUNCH SPECIAL REVIEW!!
My friend and I were walking down Washington Street, and it dawned upon me that I hadn't eaten at Tutta Pasta in years. Not only that, all I ever heard was that people hated it. I wonder why it's always busy?
OK. They sat us at one of the metal tables outside. Being 6'4", I found them to be way too low for me, but most people would find them acceptable.
The lunch special was straightforward. $11.95. Includes appetizer, entree, and a drink (wine included). Bread with seasoned olive oil dip, too. I asked for a side of sauce ("gravy" as the true Italians might say). They kindly brought it over. I actually liked the sauce. Not too sweet, a smidge on the salty side, but had a fair amount of garlic flavor. The bread was rather hard and dry though.
For starters, we got the Sauteed Spinach and the Fried Calamari.
The spinach was not bad, but only in moderation, as it got a bit heavy after a few bites. Too much butter or oil (as you can see in the photo). But the taste was acceptable.
The calamari was on par with most other places in town. Tender. Served with the same sauce as before. Portion was on the small side, but you'd expect that as part of a lunch special.
For Entrees, we chose the Penne with Vodka Sauce, and the Chicken Marsala.
The Penne was a bit weak. Although Al Dente as most prefer, we found it to be WAY too on the heavy side. It wore us down. The sauce was ok, but nothing spectacular. It looked a bit like some kind of macaroni product you'd buy at ShopRite. Just too heavy for us. But that may be the way some people like it.
The Chicken Marsala wasn't bad. I actually liked the taste of the mushrooms. I'm nowhere near a mushroom fan, but they had a bit of a "smoked caramel" like taste. That's the best I could describe it. The chicken portion was small (again, expected for a lunch special). But compared to other Italian restaurants in town, was below par. Very salty in my book.
Not nearly our favorite in town, but it is a big restaurant that can accomodate large parties, and the service was excellent.
The lunch price was also a very good value, and included an alcoholic beverage. $25 for TWO is certainly nothing to laugh at.
Plus, during nice weather, the outdoor seating is nice. See pictures below.
If you haven't tried Tutta Pasta in a while, give it a shot. You might find something there that you like. And with Augustino's being so small and hard to get reservations at, you could at least have some fun, save some money, and have something to gripe about!!