Every few weekends, I will take my daughter out with me for a bonding moment. This is a very special and very meaningful moment for me, where she and I discuss and share stories and I pass words of wisdom to her. When she was an infant, she would look at me with her curious eyes as I told stories. Since then, I’ve always cherished every moment I spend with her. So, this weekend we shared our moment at East Side Mario’s. The decor of the place has always been of interest to me and the best part? all 80′s music! heck yeah!
The walls were all decorated with different pictures of better times, I wanted to take pictures of the surroundings but it was so packed. I didn’t want to seem strange, so I settled for this picture instead. My daughter and I spent a good while going through the menu, Lots of great choices! all very traditional and great tasting italian foods. So, how to decide what to get? well. I guess you’d have to ask my daughter, I was too busy taking pictures of my lovely date.
The restaurant also has the usual main features that you would expect from an Italian restaurant, such as the all you can eat in house made garlic bread and butter on the side.
Now, When I say in house bread? I mean fresh out of the oven! look how little crumbs there are on that cutting board, the knife went right through and the aroma was amazing, My daughter and I went through two of those long before the food finally arrived.
My daughter ordered the Mario’s Classic Chicken Parmigiana. It’s not as cheesed up as the picture currently shows here, My apologies for that. The server offered to give us extra cheese and I didn’t want to make her stand around while I took a picture, the service by the way? was amazing! everything I asked for came right away in a busy place, not once did I ever feel like I was asking for too much. If that makes any sense?
I ordered the Scallop Carbonera. Unfortunately, for this dish. Even if you took away the grated cheese the food looked nothing like on the menu, the pasta was perfect but the bacon was incredibly dried out and the stick soaked up a lot of the flavors. As for my daughter’s dish it was perfect in every way down to the tenderness of the chicken, I didn’t even have to use the knife! I think she and I spent most of the time talking about the differences in our dishes and how much she enjoyed hers, rather than my plate.
One of the greatest things about this restaurant, Was the giant bowl of salad that came with the meal. Yes, I know. Why am I talking about a salad when I should be enjoying my spaghetti right? well. It just Isn’t Italian without proper caesar. The lettuce was crisp and fresh and the croutons weren’t soft like I always find, Unfortunately, the salad wasn’t all you can eat which I was really disappointed about but oh well! there’s always the next time.
We spent a good hour and a half chatting more than we were eating, She’s 10 years old now and has so many stories. I don’t get to see her except the weekends so it’s always great knowing what my beautiful angel has on her mind, It is only when I’m with her that I truly feel at peace. She heals me and renews me so I can take on whatever else comes from the weekdays. What more can a proud father ask for, than spend quality time with his child right?
So, Despite my food not being particularly tasty? I give this restaurant a salute for making my moment with my daughter memorable! my daughter and I spent the rest of the afternoon sightseeing like tourists, pictures will be posted soon as I do some touch ups on them.
Oh, Did I mention we had two oreo Mcflurry’s to celebrate the incredible weather we were having? there’s a saying, It’s not the spices that make a great meal. It is the company you have and the great times that you spend that make it a memorable experience. Definitely will be coming back to the restaurant again soon! ^_^