This afternoon to celebrate Halloween our office went to Z Bardhi’s. There were 18 of us and a long table was set up outside on the patio. Many of us were dressed up and we made for an interesting collection of characters as we took our seats. It was a little chilly out and heat lamps on the deck would have been a thoughtful touch.
After being seated the waitress took our drink order. It took her awhile to get everything out since it was just her. I was surprised that with such a large party they did not give her some help. While the waitress brought out sweet tea, water and diet sodas I looked over the menu. I had never been to Z Bardhi’s and was interested in seeing what they had to offer. There were sandwiches, salads, soups and also a selection of lunch entrees. I settled on a small Greek salad and the veal parmigiana. Our end of the table also selected an order of calamari.
As the appetizers and salads were being prepared warm loaves of crusty bread were brought to the table. These were quickly devoured and additional loaves were ordered. My salad arrived soon after and was a classic greek salad with kalamata olives, feta cheese, pepperoncini and one anchovy fillet. I really love anchovies and wished their had been more than one fillet on the plate, but it was still a good salad.
The veal parmiagina came out next and thankfully reinforcements arrived to help out our waitress. My lunch consisted of a pounded veal fillet coated in bread crumbs and fried. It was crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. It was served with a side of angel hair pasta with tomato sauce. The sauce* was okay and the pasta was a little too over cooked for my taste, but the veal made up for the sides shortcomings.
Overall I enjoyed lunch. I have read prior reviews that said the service was lacking, but our waitress was really good. She took care of all of us very well and made our meal enjoyable. I grew up north of Boston where great Italian food is plentiful and tend to be very critical of Italian restaurants in Tallahassee. However, Z Bardhi’s was pretty good. I would go back there for lunch again and think that it offers something unique in the northeast part of the city.
*I make a really good pot of red sauce while my Nana made a great one. When stacked against hers, okay is a pretty good rating.
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