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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Mediterranean: 1 Star

Re: “Mama Mia's

My wife and I went in for dinner on a Wednesday night; I hadn't been in years and it was her first visit. I remembered the service being mediocre but the food being very good.

The service hasn't changed -- it was appallingly bad. The restaurant is not well-run from a service perspective; of the 3 servers on-shift one was far more concerned with loudly sorting and rolling clean silverware than running any food, which was left in the window for minutes at a time. The credit card machine was broken, and I overheard from another table that their soda machine was not functioning, either. For a restaurant that serves neither alcohol nor tea, it appeared the beverage choices left were tap water and sprite. Mercifully, we had purchased a bottle of wine from the nearby liquor store, which proved the saving grace of the evening.

The food? Perhaps my palate has improved, my memory was inaccurate, or the food has simply gone downhill. The salads were slathered in bottled, flavorless, pre-made dressing. The pasta was not fresh -- while properly cooked, it was clearly dried pasta. The sauces were average; the bolognese lacked any richness or depth. The garlic bread (which we asked for repeatedly and was delivered near the end of the meal) tasted like it had been popped out of a Pillsbury can -- artificial and oily. I felt the prices were not in line with the quality.

Overall, I couldn't recommend this to anyone -- in the 20 years since this place opened, Nashville now has many Italian options that do a better job than Mama Mia's in all areas -- decor, service, and most importantly, food.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by mediumduck on 08/17/2012 at 7:58 AM

Re: “Mama Mia's

I agree with Joe Savage & Nyshired about Moma Mia's- It just plane sucks. When you walk in the sign on the table says $5.00 corking fee & $2.50 per six pack of beer- Why ?
They had many tables available but wanted to seat us at the table by the door, it's December & cold-we had to ask for another table.
The servers & Manager just don't care if you are happy or not.
We ordered two entrees, one Lasagna & one Penne bolognese with sasage. We received the extravaganza & the Penne pesto.
Both dishes were cold. I think we got someone elses order ?
When we finally found our server she said she would talk to the manager ? Why ? (Just bring us the right orders) She returned and said the manager would adjust the price- now we are paying more for the meals we didn't order and it was also cold?
I gave up trying to comunnicate with insanity, paid the bill and left- never to return :~( Barry Harkin, Nashville, TN

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Barry Harkin on 12/04/2011 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Darfons

The price is way to high for quality of their food selection. Which isn't that great anyway!

Posted by Billy & Anna on 02/20/2011 at 9:54 PM

Re: “Mama Mia's

There is nothing at all unique or special about this restaurant, except to say that one could find better food in a jar of Spaghetti-O's. The pasta was ordered al dente but came out slimy & soggy. The sauce was very sweet and tasted like it was prepared by a rank amateur. The amount of pasta served barely covered the bottom of the plate and the price for it all was ridiculous. When I stated I did not like the pasta and wished to just pay for the salad, I was charged $6.00. Needless to say I will not return to this place anytime soon. Full blame for this is poor management and certainly not Sicilian. The cooks in the rear all spoke Spanish. Not a pretty sight.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by JOE SAVAGE on 01/28/2010 at 9:59 PM

Re: “Darfons

Management Rules - One check per table...Business must be good as they turned down our Tuesday Night Dinner Club with 25 people.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Jim Ryan on 02/13/2009 at 2:56 PM

Re: “Athens Family Restaurant

My first visit to Athen's will most definitely be my last. I know that things happen and I am perfectly fine with that fact but a simple apology would go a long way. I went in for lunch 8/4/8 and ordered a gyro and a drink. When I opened the sandwich I found a nice, big, greasy looking hair stuck to my pickle. I motioned for one of the waitresses to come to my table. When I pointed out the hair I got no response. Not a single word! The young lady simply took my sandwich and passed it back through the window to the kitchen. I approached the counter and simply asked for a refund. As my hairy sandwich made its way back to the kitchen what appeared to be the donor of the hair in question simply asked the silent young waitress "So, what does he want another pickle!" All I would have asked for was "I am so sorry" or let me get you another sandwich, or Ohh Crap not again! That would have been much better than the non-response received from the waitstaff and the smart remark from the grease monkey in the back.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

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Posted by Scott on 08/05/2008 at 6:57 PM

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