Great Impasta

★★★★☆
  • 156 C Lincoln Square

    Urbana, IL 61801

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  • 217-359-7377

About Great Impasta

Hours
11am-9pm M-F, 11am-10pm Sa, Closed Su

Food

Food
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It's nice to be able to have great food that is gluten free. I could even have a gluten free dessert.

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It's nice to be able to have great food that is gluten free. I could even have a gluten free dessert.

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I was at the Great Impasta once. It was good, but not fantastic. The place was really nice and there is parking near by. The staff was very friendly.

3
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I was at the Great Impasta once. It was good, but not fantastic. The place was really nice and there is parking near by. The staff was very friendly.

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The ambiance here is really fantastic, but the food was just okay. It was not a restaurant that I felt the need to go back to time and time again, but wasn't exactly a bad experience either.

3
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The ambiance here is really fantastic, but the food was just okay. It was not a restaurant that I felt the need to go back to time and time again, but wasn't exactly a bad experience either.

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I have been there for lunch recently.

I used to be a happy customer of the restaurant, in the old Champaign location. They used to have good, homey, tasty food. Nothing of that is left, the memories barely.

My girlfriend tried a vegetable salad with tuna [not a tuna salad], as per the description. Of course, we expected a (probably small) piece of freshly cooked tuna added to the salad. Instead, a couple of vegetables of debatable quality, topped with small pieces of fishy-smelling (MORE than fish is supposed to smell fishy anyway) disgusting tuna TAKEN FROM A CAN. Excuse me, a salad of EXPENSIVE RESTAURANT quality is not supposed to use 20 cents-worth ingredients.

My main dish was an EXPENSIVE seafood lasagna which, again, was one of the most execrable pieces of culinary garbage I've ever eaten in the wonderful Urbana-Champaign. Gee, an honest sandwich from Jimmy Johns is many degrees of magnitude better and healthier. The Great Impasta "masterpiece" was extremely salty, with cheap, salty - did I mention salty? - ingredients (again, small, cheap shrimps FROM A CAN), heavy on the cheap, disgusting shrimp, with little of the other seafood spelled out in the menu detectable in the real dish. A heavy, unsavory, poorly cooked bechamel sauce that made me feel uneasy for the rest of the day. I don't consider myself an excellent cook, but honestly I cook better than that, drunk.

I was brave and I ate, because I was hungry. My stomach didn't thank me. My friend barely touched her salad, and returned it uneaten. The staff behaved as if nothing was wrong. A lot of money for food which is literally worse than the worst fast food I've ever eaten.

When it comes to restaurant food, the rapport between high prices and execrable quality makes The Rotten Impasta a champion of bad taste, in more than one sense.

Bottom line: avoid like the plague.

1
★☆☆☆☆

I have been there for lunch recently.

I used to be a happy customer of the restaurant, in the old Champaign location. They used to have good, homey, tasty food. Nothing of that is left, the memories barely.

My girlfriend tried a vegetable salad with tuna [not a tuna salad], as per the description. Of course, we expected a (probably small) piece of freshly cooked tuna added to the salad. Instead, a couple of vegetables of debatable quality, topped with small pieces of fishy-smelling (MORE than fish is supposed to smell fishy anyway) disgusting tuna TAKEN FROM A CAN. Excuse me, a salad of EXPENSIVE RESTAURANT quality is not supposed to use 20 cents-worth ingredients.

My main dish was an EXPENSIVE seafood lasagna which, again, was one of the most execrable pieces of culinary garbage I've ever eaten in the wonderful Urbana-Champaign. Gee, an honest sandwich from Jimmy Johns is many degrees of magnitude better and healthier. The Great Impasta "masterpiece" was extremely salty, with cheap, salty - did I mention salty? - ingredients (again, small, cheap shrimps FROM A CAN), heavy on the cheap, disgusting shrimp, with little of the other seafood spelled out in the menu detectable in the real dish. A heavy, unsavory, poorly cooked bechamel sauce that made me feel uneasy for the rest of the day. I don't consider myself an excellent cook, but honestly I cook better than that, drunk.

I was brave and I ate, because I was hungry. My stomach didn't thank me. My friend barely touched her salad, and returned it uneaten. The staff behaved as if nothing was wrong. A lot of money for food which is literally worse than the worst fast food I've ever eaten.

When it comes to restaurant food, the rapport between high prices and execrable quality makes The Rotten Impasta a champion of bad taste, in more than one sense.

Bottom line: avoid like the plague.

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I went to a business dinner at Great Impasta and was very impressed with the food. They had a good selection of traditional Italian foods and a comparable wine list. My only complaint is overwhelming amount of meat on the menu - more difficult selection as a vegetarian.

4
★★★★☆

I went to a business dinner at Great Impasta and was very impressed with the food. They had a good selection of traditional Italian foods and a comparable wine list. My only complaint is overwhelming amount of meat on the menu - more difficult selection as a vegetarian.

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Great Impasta is located in the middle of downtown Champaign and is one of the few restaurants there with its own parking lot. The interior decor is upscale with featured artists on the walls and nice touches like the wonderful curved bar

3
★★★★★

Great Impasta is located in the middle of downtown Champaign and is one of the few restaurants there with its own parking lot. The interior decor is upscale with featured artists on the walls and nice touches like the wonderful curved bar

 

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