This is a small but nice restaurant. I was really surprised at the nice menu selections. The pricing is average for a nice sit down restaurant and it tends to get pretty busy.The food is very good and I could not believe the portion sizes. I feel this is a great addition to Covington and will definely go again!
My husband and I went to Ristorante Isabella this evening for dinner, I had a coupon so we decided to check it out. The restaurant itself is charming and staff is nice and friendly. My husband ordered Salmon Picatta and I got the Penne Putanesca. My salad was very small and the dressing (Italian) was mostly oil so it wasn't very good. My husbands soup tasted like god foot it was worse than canned soup. The wait for the food was quite long and when we finally got our dishes mine was COLD and VERY salty. I was very hungry so I ate some but had to take a sip of water after every bite. My husband salmon was good but the lemon sauce on top was unbearably salty. He took the sauce off the fish so he could eat it. I do not believe I have ever ate worse food than THIS. PLEASE save yourself the time and money DO NOT EAT HERE. You are better off going to Olive Garden or Spaghetti Factory SERIOUSLY!!!!
Pros: service ok
Cons: BAD FOOD!!!
Took my very finicky father there for lunch on a Thursday with incentive (coupon). My dad, who always touts his favorite spots in "Little Italy" in Chicago and NYC just wanted standard spaghetti, which their menu did not have per se. The waitress advised spaghetti pomodoro w/ a couple of meatballs and my dad reluctantly accepted. I ordered the Panini con pollo w/ minestrone.
Ummm...my dad will not shut up about the spaghetti. "That actually might be better than my place in Chicago!" "That was excellent!" etc., etc., etc....He also said that he hasn't been able to find a tasty meatball, and he's now found it. First thing he did when we got in the car is mark this restaurant in his favorites on his GPS...
I loved my chicken panini w/ fresh basil & prosciutto...my 11 month old loved the minestrone! I saw several gorgonzola dishes my husband will go crazy for.
Chef/owner was very friendly when he came out to ask us how we liked it....shook our hands...talked to us about the location, etc... Apparently, all dishes are made to order, no vats of sauces, etc...
Waitress was very very friendly, albeit a little on the slower side. Only she and the chef/owner were working, so if that is the norm, don't be in a rush...but honestly, even though my 11 mo old wanted to go, I wanted to sit and savor every bite.....
Better than any cookie-cutter Italian joint by FAR and it's local!
Pros: Amazing Food, Reasonable Prices
Cons: Small Staff
What a great place to eat in Covington. The food is most outstanding. Can't get this kind of food at most places, the flavors & freshness is the best in the Kent, Covington area, probably Seattle too. Lunch or dinner.
The dining room and music is very relaxing. It is the best kept secret in town. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a great meal.
(except the woman who said she had bad shrimp) I beleive she was having some sort of bad day and had to take it out on someone, it does not even sound like she was at Isabella's. I have been eating there for 5 years, not once have we ever had a problem with anything there. Boo to her
Pros: Food is very fresh,& made to order, no cookie cutter here
Cons: Closed on mondays
My family, friends and I, all love this place! The food is to die for, The staff is friendly and you see the same familar faces each time you visit! The place is family owned and the food is unique. Try the sara rosa one of my favorites as well as their ceasar salad all homemade, family recipes! Its not a fast food place, so go there when you have a bit of time to enjoy it. Owner is also the chef and does all the cooking!
Pros: Large portions, Friendly staff
Cons: parking, Not a full bar
As I read the bad review, I too realized I happened to be dining there with my husband and son that evening. I was within earshot of the shrimp complaint and thought the staff handled it appropriately. The guest was really out of line and if I had been the management, staff or owner, I would have called 911 because this woman and the man accompanying her appeared to be auditioning for the "Jerry Springer" show.
That aside, my family and I have been dining here since they opened and love the food, atmosphere and staff. The food is high quality, from scratch and enough to feed you for the next day and a half. Small places like this do not get the positive attention they deserve when they don't have the budget of the 'Applebees' and 'Red Robins'' to work with.
My advice-give it a try! You WILL love it!
Pros: fabulous food, personable service
I have been a long-time enjoyer of RISTORANTE' ISABELLAS in Covington, WA. One of the marks of an operation where true CULINARY ARTS is practiced (*to the constant delight of patrons) is the start-off.
At Isabellas, the salads are ... exquisite. Yes, that word fits. The bread service is suh-weet ... delicious sweet garlic butter. You're not going to get pre-bagged lettuce with factory dressings like at a chain restaurant. The House Garden salad or Ensalade' Verde is delish and his Ceasar salades are RIGHT-ON.
If you want a world-class taste experience, order the Chop-chop. The dressing, I'm told, has drawn interest
from national distributors.
Then, the entree' ... I have my favorites, and, the super-star talent of a chef creates daily specials which are extra-ordinarily delicious.
His helpings are super-generous and you'll be dining for a week back at home, or remembering for that long.
The next great mark of a fine restaurant are the combinations of flavors and tastes that a great saucier , soux chef, and broiler chef can provide the diner's palette. You will find NO LESS than some of the finest entree's on the globe.
If that sounds a bit grandiose, wait for the desserts, wines, and great service that this clearly motivated team provides. The Tiramasu is built right there! And you can tell! Nothing pre-packaged like at some national chain that charges too much. It's all handmade and delicious - actually, SCRUMPTIOUS!
It's unassuming in appearance, located near the Fred Meyer in the heart of Covington, like a stone's throw from the Hwy 18 exit.
The best make it look easy, and this is easily a contender, in my opinion, of being 1 of the top 10 restaurants in Washington state. Not pretense. In fact, it kinda surprises you that you are really having one very fine dining experience.
Plus, it's fun - this a standard that shows the European training of the chef that is, to use the French, "Par Excellance", all delivered in a non-pressure setting and yeah, family prices.
He knows how to run a restaurant, build a concept, and see the operation through with a high level of consistent quality. Bottom line, you should try it - you'll likely come back, as this restaurant is in the top overall of places I've dined.
Pros: Food, ambience, service, and wallet!
Cons: hmmm ... parking???
The shrimp app. smelled so bad that I honestly thought someone near by was very ill. The staff seemed afraid of the manager, who yelled at me when I questioned the quality of the shrimp. There was a long wait to be seated, to have the order taken, and to be severed. Each person's food came out at completely different times (15 minutes+ apart). I could not have had a worse experience.
I was a sever for several years, so I have great empathy for employees at restaurants... but this was horrific! It was clearly the management who was at fault. Please save your self the trouble and avoid Ristorante Isabella.
Pros: the un-trained staff was trying.
Cons: Manager, food, wait time.
This is one of my favorite local "date" spots with my husband. Really good fresh authentic Italian food. It's a great restaurant to sit down, enjoy fine Italian cuisine, nice bottle of wine and good conversation. The most upscale dining in Covington. This is not a pizza and spaghetti place. The dishes offer fine ingredients and sauces with a black board specials.