Picazzo’s

Picazzo’s
http://www.picazzos.com
440 West Warner rd.
Tempe, AZ
(480) 831-5823

Picazzos attempts to be a semi-upscale Italian restaurant. Here’s a hint. Start by learning to cook plain pasta. We started the meal with cheesy bread sticks. Not exactly upscale, but hey, they could do something interesting to the bread sticks. Well they didn’t. Not ony wasn’t it interesting, it was bad. They served floppy flavorless bread with a glop of flavorless cheese on top. It was greasy and bland. O.K. so far so bad.

Let’s see if it get’s any better. We decided to go simple. What could be simpler than lasagna? So, with great trepidation, we ordered the lasagna. There is only one rational explanation for the dish that arrived. They must have a flavor extractor! They must have some way to remove flavor from their food, because there was absolutely no flavor in the food that we received. The meat was bland and flavorless. The sauce had no flavor. I don’t think I have ever seen tomato sauce that didn’t at least taste like tomatoes!

Here’s the scary part. The lasagna was the culinary high point of the meal! Our companions ordered penne in a cream sauce. Needless to say the dish wasn’t bursting with flavor. As a matter of fact the flavor extractor was used at full force. Worse than even the flavor, the sauce had no texture. Believe me when I say NO texture. It literally ran like water. Their dish was so bad they traded it in for a lasagna.

Dinner was about $30 couple without alcohol. Service was O.K., but the food was just awful. I would never go back again. Any of the chain pizza places would be better and cheaper than this place.

Original Review: Thursday, October 22, 2009

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Gold Chef

Gold Chef
1055 S. Arizona Avenue
Chandler, AZ 85286
(480) 812-3661

O.K., What was I thinking going to eat in a place called “gold Chef”? Well, I’ll tell you. I read a few online reviews that were positive and thought I’d give it a shot. Now you know why I’m doing this. Because most other reviews are bogus.

We had egg drop soup, Spicy Shrimp with Dry heating and Shrimp and Vegetables. The egg drop soup was unlike anything I’ve ever had before. I don’t mean that in a good way. Picture thick sludge with some egg white in it. Disgusting. The Spicy Shrimp was basically mediocre shrimp with chopped onions. Not a very pleasant mix and the addition of a heavy gloppy sauce didn’t help any. The Shrimp and Vegetables was awful. The shrimp had a heavy ammonia taste and smell rendering the dish inedible. The egg-rolls were typical frozen egg-rolls that you can buy in any Asian market.

The food ranged from bad to inedible. There is no way I would recommend eating here.

Original Review: Saturday, January 22, 2011