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Lack of Desire at Roberto's

Our reviewer's food was lacking in the flavor department.

, located in the Mullanphy Gardens shopping center, serves a variety of dishes that are suitable for vegetarians--as well as carnivores.

My meal started with a side salad, which was included in the price of my entrée. I ordered it with Italian dressing and provel cheese, and the vegetables in it included iceberg lettuce, radishes, carrots and red cabbage.

The veggies and cheese were fresh, and the dressing was just the right amount. The salad wasn't drowned in dressing, as it sometimes can be.

Next came my entrée, pasta con broccoli ($9.29), which was served with two large slices of garlic bread. The quantity of the bread did not make up for the quality.

It lacked any garlic flavor and was extremely greasy. The napkin in the bottom of the bread basket collected a pool of grease.

The broccoli and pasta in my entrée were cooked well, but the alfredo sauce left a lot to be desired. It was watery and bland, not at all like the rich, creamy alfredo sauce I would expect in the typical pasta con broccoli dish. The added pepper in the sauce did not help compensate for the lack of flavor.

My guest was in the mood for a meatball sandwich ($5.59, obviously not vegetarian), so that's what she ordered. Unfortunately, that's not exactly what she received.

Instead of the traditional-shaped meatballs on the sandwich, it was essentially meat sauce between two large slices of Italian bread, almost like an Italian Sloppy Joe.

For dessert, I tried a slice of the Turtle Cheesecake ($2.79), which was a good sweet treat to make up for the bland meal.

When it comes to the Italian restaurants in Florissant, Roberto's pales in comparison to the rest.

Angie Bennett June 12, 2011 at 01:21 AM
I attempted to dine at Roberto's last year but left the restaurant after reading their menu. The food choices were disgusting and unimaginative. I can do much better at home. What is the thing with these quasi Italian restaurants? The bread is horrible, iceberg lettuce is not fit for human consumption, who would pay $10 for broccoli pasta? Not for me.
Elizabeth O'Fallon June 12, 2011 at 01:54 PM
It's a shame you're not into meat, because their sausage pizza is incredible! Robertos is our favorite pizza place and has been since I was a little kid. I remember celebrating many a family milestone with Robertos pizza!
m June 14, 2011 at 07:24 AM
Is this woman capable of a positive review? These aren't fine dining establishments. The prices aren't too expensive for the quality served. You get what you pay for and still you complain. I would agree with you if the menu items were in excess of $20- $30 per plate but $10 for a pasta con broccoli is reasonable. I wasn't expecting to have my socks knocked off when I tried this place and I wasn't expecting to leave with an empty wallet either. I left full and still had money, I considered that a win win. I have spent a heck of alot more at fancier places and left hungry and broke.
R. Schuster June 15, 2011 at 03:46 AM
Roberto's is one of my family's favorite places to eat! The service is always great, the staff is friendly and noone in my family has ever had a complaint about what they ordered. The food is always served hot, made fresh and is very tasty. If you want 5 star dining experiences perhaps you should start reviewing 5 star restaraunts. As it is Roberto's is an excellent place for a family and wallet friendly night out!
Cathy Noel June 15, 2011 at 07:02 PM
I cannot believe that anyone could say anything bad about Roberto's! Not only is the price affordable, but their pizza is to die for and their red sauce is one of the best i have had! We love their salads and their greasy cheese bread! That is what makes it sooo good! To each their own on eating out, but I feel this place(Roberto's) is one of the finest! By the way, your not in business for as many years as they have been if your not doing something right !! LOVE YA ROBERTO'S

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