Casa Tua -Tourist Trap Rip Off!

On Thursday night, against my best instincts, I went to Casa Tua – the famed “intimate, romantic, discreet, exclusive, etc., etc.” dining establishment at the corner of 17th and James.

It wasn’t my idea. Friends in town from New York had heard about it for years and wanted to go.

I read the negative reviews on Zagat, and still I went. Sometimes we get ourselves into these stupid situations even when we know better. There were a couple of positive reviews written by people from the Midwest – who probably think Olive Garden is also a great Italian restaurant. At least Olive Garden prices match the quality. Not so at Casa Tua

Anyway, we arrived at 9:30, our reservation time. We sat outside under candles ( listening to 17th Street traffic ) until our table was ready. Impressive to a New Yorker maybe, but I can do that in my back yard.

Finally, we sat inside. The room was brightly lit, not so romantic. I had a tasteless beef carpaccio for my appetizer. For the main course – I had lamb chops – acceptable, but no better than I might buy at Publix and cook myself. The others had bland risotto and overdone lobster pasta. One of us had the audacity to order a $300 bottle of wine – pushing the total bill up to $800 for four!

Forgettable meal, Memorable price!

When I can afford to go out to a restaurant again – about three months from now , I will go to Vita – the place I had suggested to my Northern friends, who later agreed with me.

Oh, and there were no celebrities either.

2 Comments so far

  1. Gus (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 2:04 am

    Hi, Blaine, thanks for the link.

    Sorry to here about your experience at Casa Tua, I had a tasteless meal there too.


  2. Manola Blablablanik (unregistered) on February 25th, 2007 @ 1:21 pm

    Hi Blaine, yeah … Gus, Michelle and I had a rather unremarkable meal there once as part of a press promotion, which you’d think would’ve been out of this world, right?

    For paying customers, it’s crazy to pay that much for a meal you can’t even remember. Heck, my friend who was just visiting made better pasta.

    Plus, Casa Tua doesn’t even have a sign, does it? Talk about pretentiousness!



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