I typically keep my blog posts in the technical realm, but after our lunch experience at Oswego’s Vito and Nicks II restaurant in Oswego IL, I decided to make an exception.
We went to the pizza and pasta buffet at 1:30, 90 minutes before the 3:00 cutoff. We weren’t sneaking into the tail end of the buffet or anything.
There were 2 trays of mostaccioli sitting above warmers. Both were about 20% full and had clearly been sitting out for quite some time. They had smothered the noodles with a top layer of mozzerella cheese to try to mask the age of the pasta. The sauce was bland.
The salad was frozen – you could tell because the lettuce hadn’t thawed all the way. The lone cherry tomato collapsed upon touch to reveal a frozen core.
The soups were served lukewarm, both were a sloppy mess as the server didn’t seem to be able to carry them without spilling. The broccoli cheddar was bland and thin. The other soup was some kind of beef and french onion concoction. The flavor combination was bizarre.
There were 3 pizza trays on warmers, and they’d obviously been out for a very long time. The cheese from multiple slices had melted off the side, then congealed onto the platter. Crust was a bit like cardboard. The cheese pizza was essentially tasteless. The sausage pizza was at least edible with a decent amount of spice to the sausage.
There is an Oswego-based company called Aftermath. They specialize in cleaning up after horrible disasters – car accidents, suicides, crime scenes, etc. I mention it because the server was discussing working there with the people at the table next to us. She was sitting one foot from our table; overhearing the discussion was unavoidable. She mentioned what the company did and that she was either looking in to working there or already worked there. She then proceeded to say “Bleach doesn’t kill all the bacteria in bodily fluids. It leaks into the floor. People try to clean it up themselves, but they don’t do a good job and it seeps into the walls. Then it starts to make a horrible smell.”
Not that we wanted to eat much more of that food, but the graphic descriptions pretty much put a dagger into the rest of the meal.
Find some other place to go. Seriously. Go buy a Tombstone and cook it yourself. Take your Tombstone and eat it while sitting around tombstones – you’ll have a better experience than going to this restaurant.