Tuesday, August 20, 2013
So that's the medical news, now back to food news:
A couple of weeks ago, SP & I decided to go to a place at which we had not dined for 4 years: Dinette. Our last visit recap is here. Friends who live close to Dinette and frequently dine there have raved about the shishito peppers and pizzas. SP has frequently mentioned Dinette, and the peppers, for 4 years, so we decided to finally return.
So I still feel the same way as last time, which is somewhat vaguely disappointed but not really able to pinpoint why. Yes, I know Dinette uses local and organic foods and grows some foods on their rooftop. Yes, I knew full well going in what the pizzas were going to cost. The pizzas were good, just not great, to me, for the cost. The crust is thin, but supports the toppings and isn't soggy. It's chewy crust, which isn't my thing, and I thought the edges were a bit too charred.
As for my tomato appetizer dish, I thought it was pricey ($10) for the amount actually on the plate, especially compared to appetizers/salads I've had at other similar pizza/pasta restaurants.
I can't quite put my finger on why, but I am not at ease inside Dinette. I thought that last time my unease was because we were there early and were the only people dining. But this time, we went later and were seated at one of two remaining tables and I still felt uneasy. I don't know if it's too bright inside (the huge glass walls/windows let a lot of sunlight in and we've only been there between 5 pm and 7 pm in summer, when the sun is still brightly shining), if it was the loud child (which annoys me when I dine out), if it's because we were seated near the door (so incoming patrons got to stare at us and our table as they waited to be seated)... I don't know. I just know I have been uncomfortable both times.
The last time we dined at Dinette, I had not yet dined at Piccolo Forno or Cucina Bella and it had been quite a while since Il Pizzaiolo. Since then, we have dined at those places several times, and I can now say that I much prefer Piccolo Forno or Cucina Bella for a meal like this. That being said, if a group of friends wanted to have a meal at Dinette, I wouldn't pout and be sad.