Louie Bertola's Restaurant

★★★☆☆

About Louie Bertola's Restaurant

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11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday 4pm - 9 pm Sunday

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I really don't write these too often, but in some cases it is necessary. To write an honest review I have to give you a little Bertola's history. I used to eat at the original Louie Bertola's location in Oakland when I was a kid with my family. Let me tell you, the food was good, the environment was pleasing and the service was excellent. There was a real pride to the establishment and the food was honest home-style italian, made fresh. Boy how times have changed.

At a glance it seemed like I was turning back the pages of time walking up to the Martinez Bertola's location. Walking up the steps seemed like you were heading into grandma's house for some serious home-style italian cooking. But thats were everything turned for the worst and I could see good ol' Louie rolling in his grave.

If you are expecting any italian feel to this restaurant, let me express, you are badly mistaken. The restaurant decor feels like Louie Bertola moved out and you are about to sit at a sterile run-down hospital cafeteria. It is very erie how empty the place is. It is as if they are selling away the restaurant to keep the power from being turned off. I mean everything down to the xeroxed menu had no sense of italian heritage or pride.

Now we have come to the most important part of this review... the food. I ordered the "Pasta Dinner" and my friend ordered the "Prime Rib or Steak" (those are the actual names on the menu). The soup and salad came out first and I was moments away from finding out if anything about this restaurant resembled the great childhood memories of Bertola's of the past. As you might have guessed the presentation and the taste of the soup and salad matched the decor of the restaurant, very bland with no italian feeling whatsoever. The salad reminded me of a Fresh Express bagged salad topped with a overly zesty processed dressing, and the minestrone soup was like a bland, purred mess, that was served in a beat up tin bowl similar to what you would serve to a stray dog. The service was friendly but had an overall feeling of uncertainty. I felt as if our waitress was unsure if any other customers would ever fill the tables. Next our main dishes arrived. My Pasta Dinner was very interesting, the flavor of the Pasta noodles overpowered the meat sauce. No Kidding! It was like they put a ladle of the pasta water over the noodles and served it up to me. My friends meal was just as bland, a rib-eye steak, with no seasoning to it whatsoever. Our waitress asked him "A-1?" as she was handing it over to him hinting your gonna need this. I guess all good things must come to an end at some point.

I did indeed leave the restaurant full and was light on the pocket book. However I swear I recall even Jr. High cafeteria food being better then this. This would be a lovely restaurant to feature on next seasons Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay would have his work cut in for him with this place. A little bit of TLC and italian pride could if fact turn this place around and give Martinez a really amazing restaurant. Louis Bertola... we miss you. Get well soon.

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★☆☆☆☆

I really don't write these too often, but in some cases it is necessary. To write an honest review I have to give you a little Bertola's history. I used to eat at the original Louie Bertola's location in Oakland when I was a kid with my family. Let me tell you, the food was good, the environment was pleasing and the service was excellent. There was a real pride to the establishment and the food was honest home-style italian, made fresh. Boy how times have changed.

At a glance it seemed like I was turning back the pages of time walking up to the Martinez Bertola's location. Walking up the steps seemed like you were heading into grandma's house for some serious home-style italian cooking. But thats were everything turned for the worst and I could see good ol' Louie rolling in his grave.

If you are expecting any italian feel to this restaurant, let me express, you are badly mistaken. The restaurant decor feels like Louie Bertola moved out and you are about to sit at a sterile run-down hospital cafeteria. It is very erie how empty the place is. It is as if they are selling away the restaurant to keep the power from being turned off. I mean everything down to the xeroxed menu had no sense of italian heritage or pride.

Now we have come to the most important part of this review... the food. I ordered the "Pasta Dinner" and my friend ordered the "Prime Rib or Steak" (those are the actual names on the menu). The soup and salad came out first and I was moments away from finding out if anything about this restaurant resembled the great childhood memories of Bertola's of the past. As you might have guessed the presentation and the taste of the soup and salad matched the decor of the restaurant, very bland with no italian feeling whatsoever. The salad reminded me of a Fresh Express bagged salad topped with a overly zesty processed dressing, and the minestrone soup was like a bland, purred mess, that was served in a beat up tin bowl similar to what you would serve to a stray dog. The service was friendly but had an overall feeling of uncertainty. I felt as if our waitress was unsure if any other customers would ever fill the tables. Next our main dishes arrived. My Pasta Dinner was very interesting, the flavor of the Pasta noodles overpowered the meat sauce. No Kidding! It was like they put a ladle of the pasta water over the noodles and served it up to me. My friends meal was just as bland, a rib-eye steak, with no seasoning to it whatsoever. Our waitress asked him "A-1?" as she was handing it over to him hinting your gonna need this. I guess all good things must come to an end at some point.

I did indeed leave the restaurant full and was light on the pocket book. However I swear I recall even Jr. High cafeteria food being better then this. This would be a lovely restaurant to feature on next seasons Kitchen Nightmares. Ramsay would have his work cut in for him with this place. A little bit of TLC and italian pride could if fact turn this place around and give Martinez a really amazing restaurant. Louis Bertola... we miss you. Get well soon.

Pros: Hanging on to the Original name from Oakland

Cons: Everything

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If you love Italian food, this is a great place. Looks like you're dining in your italian grandmother's house, but it is great. Friendly service, great food, and full meals...the menu is small, but everything on it is wonderful, and every meal includes salad, pasta, soup, and bread. Trust me, you won't leave hungry. :)

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★★★★☆

If you love Italian food, this is a great place. Looks like you're dining in your italian grandmother's house, but it is great. Friendly service, great food, and full meals...the menu is small, but everything on it is wonderful, and every meal includes salad, pasta, soup, and bread. Trust me, you won't leave hungry. :)

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