The Italian Kitchen & Cafe

★★★★★

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Hours
Mon-Sat 9am-9pm

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My husband, daughter and I LOVE this place. We eat there often because we enjoy the food and the staff.The calamari is fantastic - sometimes we go just to get that and have a glass of wine. We have never had a bad experience with the food

3
★★★★★

My husband, daughter and I LOVE this place. We eat there often because we enjoy the food and the staff.The calamari is fantastic - sometimes we go just to get that and have a glass of wine. We have never had a bad experience with the food

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We ordered take out for Valentine's Day. This was our first time trying Italian Kitchen. I got the Chicken Marsala and my husband got the Manicotti. Mine came with spaghetti and my husband got bread with his.We also ordered a small

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★★★★★

We ordered take out for Valentine's Day. This was our first time trying Italian Kitchen. I got the Chicken Marsala and my husband got the Manicotti. Mine came with spaghetti and my husband got bread with his.We also ordered a small

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This was just horrible food
The salad that I paid $11 for was smaller than the Greek salad that I purchased at Sweetbay for 2.99
The spaghetti & meatballs were worse than a can
I will never ever eat there again even if it was for

3
★★★★★

This was just horrible food
The salad that I paid $11 for was smaller than the Greek salad that I purchased at Sweetbay for 2.99
The spaghetti & meatballs were worse than a can
I will never ever eat there again even if it was for

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I don't even want to give this place one star... They don't deserve any. No words can describe how awful this place is, although I will give it my best attempt...

The people there are very unfriendly. They have an almost hostile attitude, from the moment I walked in the door. There were several times when I seriously contemplated leaving. I've never felt so bad in a restaurant.

The place was packed, and the manager seated the couple who came in the door after me first. So I was left standing there awkwardly for over 10 minutes, while the other people in this snotty restaurant stared at me. The waitress tried to find a nice, quiet corner in the back for me, but the manager proceeded to yell at her, LOUDLY in Italian, while everyone stared at us. It was awful and humiliating. And I had to be seated near the front window, like I was on display or something. At a dirty table, when the ones in the back were clean, I might add.

This was already the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant in my LIFE. So I thought things could not possibly get any worse, but I was wrong...

The salad was awful. It looked like weeds you'd find in your back yard, and it didn't even have lettuce! If there is no lettuce, it can hardly be called a salad. It was disgusting and they don't give you enough dressing, it's like a thimble-full.

When you walk in, the place is very lavish, and fancy looking. Looks can be very deceiving. Instead of spending so much money on cheap decorations, they should probably pay their employees better, so they would know how to smile.

The bread was... edible. But it was nothing special either. The ONE redeeming quality was that the pasta was not that bad. It tasted absolutely delicious! The cook certainly had her act together, but it seems that her talent is drastically wasted on this dump. However, portions were very small. I thought I'd accidentally ordered off the kid's menu... Only there isn't one.

As for desert, I had canoli. It was also delicious. But they brought me bread with dessert, and I think they were a bit confused.

Another thing is that I noticed they are not very organized. There is a reason most places assign waitstaff to tables. It was chaotic in there because there were 3 people waiting all the tables together, a team effort that ended in disaster.

The manager came and took away the bread from my table before I was finished. It took almost longer for the dessert I ordered than for my actual meal, too. While I was there, I saw another man have to get up and get the menus for his family himself. And then the manager argued with him about it, making a big scene! Everyone stared.

When I sat down, I noticed that they bring out a big glass of water to all their customers first, before you even order a drink. I wondered what the reasoning behind this was, and I am sorry to say that I found out. I ordered lemonade, and was not offered a refill the entire time I was there! I had to drink the water with my meal, because I simply had no other choice. I couldn't even ask for anyone to bring me another drink, because I didn't know who to ask. And most of the waitstaff hovered near the richer-looking customers.

And on top of all of that, it took me forever to get a bill!

For REAL Italian, try Angelina's in Brandon instead. I go there all the time and I love it. The people are very friendly, there is a nice atmosphere, and the food is amazing.

I cannot honestly understand why anyone would ever go to this co-called "Italian Kitchen". Though it may look fancy aesthetically, looks can be deceiving. It's really a disgusting dump, not even fit for pigs to eat at!

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't even want to give this place one star... They don't deserve any. No words can describe how awful this place is, although I will give it my best attempt...

The people there are very unfriendly. They have an almost hostile attitude, from the moment I walked in the door. There were several times when I seriously contemplated leaving. I've never felt so bad in a restaurant.

The place was packed, and the manager seated the couple who came in the door after me first. So I was left standing there awkwardly for over 10 minutes, while the other people in this snotty restaurant stared at me. The waitress tried to find a nice, quiet corner in the back for me, but the manager proceeded to yell at her, LOUDLY in Italian, while everyone stared at us. It was awful and humiliating. And I had to be seated near the front window, like I was on display or something. At a dirty table, when the ones in the back were clean, I might add.

This was already the worst experience I've ever had at a restaurant in my LIFE. So I thought things could not possibly get any worse, but I was wrong...

The salad was awful. It looked like weeds you'd find in your back yard, and it didn't even have lettuce! If there is no lettuce, it can hardly be called a salad. It was disgusting and they don't give you enough dressing, it's like a thimble-full.

When you walk in, the place is very lavish, and fancy looking. Looks can be very deceiving. Instead of spending so much money on cheap decorations, they should probably pay their employees better, so they would know how to smile.

The bread was... edible. But it was nothing special either. The ONE redeeming quality was that the pasta was not that bad. It tasted absolutely delicious! The cook certainly had her act together, but it seems that her talent is drastically wasted on this dump. However, portions were very small. I thought I'd accidentally ordered off the kid's menu... Only there isn't one.

As for desert, I had canoli. It was also delicious. But they brought me bread with dessert, and I think they were a bit confused.

Another thing is that I noticed they are not very organized. There is a reason most places assign waitstaff to tables. It was chaotic in there because there were 3 people waiting all the tables together, a team effort that ended in disaster.

The manager came and took away the bread from my table before I was finished. It took almost longer for the dessert I ordered than for my actual meal, too. While I was there, I saw another man have to get up and get the menus for his family himself. And then the manager argued with him about it, making a big scene! Everyone stared.

When I sat down, I noticed that they bring out a big glass of water to all their customers first, before you even order a drink. I wondered what the reasoning behind this was, and I am sorry to say that I found out. I ordered lemonade, and was not offered a refill the entire time I was there! I had to drink the water with my meal, because I simply had no other choice. I couldn't even ask for anyone to bring me another drink, because I didn't know who to ask. And most of the waitstaff hovered near the richer-looking customers.

And on top of all of that, it took me forever to get a bill!

For REAL Italian, try Angelina's in Brandon instead. I go there all the time and I love it. The people are very friendly, there is a nice atmosphere, and the food is amazing.

I cannot honestly understand why anyone would ever go to this co-called "Italian Kitchen". Though it may look fancy aesthetically, looks can be deceiving. It's really a disgusting dump, not even fit for pigs to eat at!

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I don't even want to give this place one star... They don't deserve any. No words can describe how awful this place is, although I will give it my best attempt...

The people there are very unfriendly. They have an almost hostile

3
★★★★★

I don't even want to give this place one star... They don't deserve any. No words can describe how awful this place is, although I will give it my best attempt...

The people there are very unfriendly. They have an almost hostile

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My wife and I found this wonderful place a few months ago and have continued to go every Friday since.\r
Their Chef has a talent for pleasing the taste buds unlike most of the other Italian restaurant's we have frequented. With both my

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★★★★★

My wife and I found this wonderful place a few months ago and have continued to go every Friday since.\r
Their Chef has a talent for pleasing the taste buds unlike most of the other Italian restaurant's we have frequented. With both my

Pros: Food is very tasty, Service was quick

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I had just ordered pizza fo rthe first time on 1/18/10. I ordered a half chees/half peppoeroni pizza. That was the bigggest waste of $13. I could have gone to Publix and gotten a Digorno's pizza and he would tasted better. the dough was

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★★★★★

I had just ordered pizza fo rthe first time on 1/18/10. I ordered a half chees/half peppoeroni pizza. That was the bigggest waste of $13. I could have gone to Publix and gotten a Digorno's pizza and he would tasted better. the dough was

Cons: Dough is pre-made from forzen & the cheese is FAKE

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My husband and I decided to check this place out to see if we would go there for the up coming Valentine's Day Special Dinner. We were seated right away and our waiter told us about the specials and mentioned that the wines were $20 a

3
★★★★★

My husband and I decided to check this place out to see if we would go there for the up coming Valentine's Day Special Dinner. We were seated right away and our waiter told us about the specials and mentioned that the wines were $20 a

Cons: misleading on wine prices/ staff kiss while working yuck

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I went during my lunch hour and after waiting 40 min, inquired on the food. My waiter said that due to several people coming at the same time, they are a little behind. I look around and there were 2 other tables in the restaurant. I

3
★★★★★

I went during my lunch hour and after waiting 40 min, inquired on the food. My waiter said that due to several people coming at the same time, they are a little behind. I look around and there were 2 other tables in the restaurant. I

Pros: So so food

Cons: Can't cook for 3 tables within an hour

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Based on neighbors recommendation I went to try this place. Anyone who thinks this place is great has no pallette. The "special" wing sauce is KC Masterpiece or a generic clone and the sauces on both the pastas I tried definitly came out

3
★★★★★

Based on neighbors recommendation I went to try this place. Anyone who thinks this place is great has no pallette. The "special" wing sauce is KC Masterpiece or a generic clone and the sauces on both the pastas I tried definitly came out

Pros: Plenty of parking and no wait

Cons: Processed Meat, pre-packaged sauces

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My wife and I eat there at least twice a month! The food and service never dissappoint!

3
★★★★★

My wife and I eat there at least twice a month! The food and service never dissappoint!

Pros: The Best Italian Food in town

Cons: Menu might be too limited for some

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My wife & I went on a Saturday evening around 6:30. We had no problem getting a seat and service was \r
very attentive. We love real Italian food and this was very good. The real thing that sold us was the deserts!! WOW!!!!!!!!!

3
★★★★★

My wife & I went on a Saturday evening around 6:30. We had no problem getting a seat and service was \r
very attentive. We love real Italian food and this was very good. The real thing that sold us was the deserts!! WOW!!!!!!!!!

Pros: DESERTS WERE GREAT

Cons: SEATING TOO CLOSE

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What a pleasant surprise...while visiting my parents from Savannah, GA they suggested Italian and with 4 children ages from 14-7 this appealed to all. When walking in you were instantly brought into Italy. The furnishings were so authentic

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★★★★★

What a pleasant surprise...while visiting my parents from Savannah, GA they suggested Italian and with 4 children ages from 14-7 this appealed to all. When walking in you were instantly brought into Italy. The furnishings were so authentic

Pros: quick to fill glasses, great furnishing to set the Italian atmosphere, friendly service

Cons: server does it all and which slows down but service flows

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The food what good except for one problem. They charge to split meals which is stupid. I ordered 2 appetizers and a dessert but wanted to split the entree. They told me they would charge extra for doing that. Wtf? It wasn't very much

3
★★★★★

The food what good except for one problem. They charge to split meals which is stupid. I ordered 2 appetizers and a dessert but wanted to split the entree. They told me they would charge extra for doing that. Wtf? It wasn't very much

Cons: They charge to split meals

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My family and I have gone to the Italian Kitchen since they first opened. They have transformed the place making it more beautiful and roomy. The food and service never lost it pizzaz. I highly recommend all thier food, I've tried

3
★★★★★

My family and I have gone to the Italian Kitchen since they first opened. They have transformed the place making it more beautiful and roomy. The food and service never lost it pizzaz. I highly recommend all thier food, I've tried

Pros: Service, Food, Seating

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My boyfriend and I went there on a Friday night about 9:30pm, just before closing. We had the place all to ourselves. The food is incredible, the service is great, and the price is just right! This will now become one of our favorite

3
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I went there on a Friday night about 9:30pm, just before closing. We had the place all to ourselves. The food is incredible, the service is great, and the price is just right! This will now become one of our favorite

Pros: Great Food, Romantic, Quiet

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Some of the best Italian food around. I would go there at least once a week for lunch and was always treated wonderfully by the staff. They also catered a party I had and took great care of us. Small intimate restaurant with a nice atmoshpere.

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★★★★☆

Some of the best Italian food around. I would go there at least once a week for lunch and was always treated wonderfully by the staff. They also catered a party I had and took great care of us. Small intimate restaurant with a nice atmoshpere.

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