Mulligatawny Soup in an Italian Restaurant? What?!!!
Zocco’s Italian Restaurant in Windsor CT, Restaurant Review
The only time I’ve heard of the mulligatawny soup was from the “Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi” episode where Elaine was ordering mulligatawny soup and was asking about the lima bean. She was also adding side comments as she was ordering. The Soup Nazi yelled at her, “No soup for you! Come back one year!” Hahaha! Love that episode.
Alright, back to my review. My coworkers and I came here for lunch. We had a $30 voucher and paid $15.
Parking: Lots of parking
Reception: We were greeted and seated right away.
Decor/Dining Area: The place is clean and nicely decorated. The contemporary style lighting helped to brighten up the place and gave it a modern look. I also liked the small window arches with plant holders and the vegetable paintings, thus added some Italian charm.
Food: One of the specials that day was the mulligatawny soup. I never had it, so I can’t really tell whether it’s a good mulligatawny or not. Tasting it for the first time, I say, over-all it was creamy, earthy and delicious. It had rice and small chunks of chicken in it. I could taste the strong combination of ground pepper and curry powder, and there was a hint of apple sweetness to it. Maybe a pinch of paprika or cayenne pepper would add a nice kick to it. It’s a perfect comfort food.
Portobello Mushroom Panini, $8.00. It was delicious. The portobello mushroom was perfectly cooked, soft, moist and not chewy. It went really well with the creaminess of brie and the sweetness and saltiness of sun dried tomato pesto dressing. The chopped onions and spinach added freshness and crunch to it. I really liked that they used brie instead of cream cheese or mozzarella.
Grilled Chicken Fasani, $8.00 + $1.50 for fries. It’s your typical grilled chicken sandwich, but prepared Italian style. It has roasted peppers, provolone, tomato pesto and chopped spinach to add some freshness and crunch to it. The chicken was perfectly cooked, tender, juicy and seasoned well.
Homemade Meatball Grinder, $8.00. The meatballs were ok, not good but not bad. The bread was fresh and nicely toasted, and the sauce was good, a bit tart and sweet, the perfect combination.
Teriyaki Chicken Wrap, $8.00+$1,50 fries. I am torn. Two of my coworkers ordered the same food. My female coworker said it was a little salty for her taste, while my male coworker disagreed. Personally, I prefer not to order this type of food in an Italian restaurant, because I know what a good teriyaki sauce should taste like.
In my opinion, if you’re serving Italian food, stick with it. It’s like buying pizza in a Japanese restaurant. It doesn’t sound tasty to me, unless Japanese-Italian fusion is your specialty. However, the fact that they both finished it all up, no left-over and told me it was good, were very good signs that it was delicious. That’s all it matters. Kudos for being bold.
Value: After discount, we paid $21.58 for 5 people. It’s a very good deal for fresh ingredients and quality food.
Service: We were 5 people at a table, and there were only 2 menus available. We even made it obvious that we were sharing the menus, but nobody asked if we needed additional. We took the menus from the other tables, not a big deal.
We had 2 servers, the first one seemed like she didn’t want to be there, but she was prompt. She got our drinks and took our orders right away. But the second one, she was an older lady, perhaps the owner. She was very nice, personable and attentive. She was like our mother. She made sure our water was not half empty, checked if our orders were taken promptly and delivered correctly. We totally forgot about server no.1.
Recommendation: It’s definitely worth going, especially if you work around the Windsor/Bloomfield area. My coworkers and I will definitely go back and probably try their pizza. Personally, I would like to try their sauce.