Serafina Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

By Brian Freedman
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Food: Like Carraba’s dressed in Gucci.


Service: Our waitress was very good, but most other interactions? Not so much...

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1. Bluehensfan said... on Aug 17, 2011 at 11:13AM

“My experience at Serafina was no better (see below). Good review and remember, Cliff knows best. And BTW F. NYC if this is the best they can do, Bring back Lombardi's...they were there first and the food did not suck!

Maybe it was the record hot weather, but something compelled me to ignore the abysmal things that I read about Serafina on Yelp! and block out of my mind that this was the place that actually turned Cliff Lee away. Well, the Yelpers are right once again, and Cliff, if you're reading this, it's a good thing you didn't eat at Serafina because of all of the meals I have eaten in Philly from holes in the wall to finer establishments like Amada and Zahav, Serafina is far and away the worst meal I have had in this town. Our meal started out with decent bread but got worse when another member of our party was served carpaccio that had an odd brown tinge to it and not much flavor. My bruschetta consisted of four nicely toasted rounds of bread soaked with about as much olive oil”

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2. Bluehensfan said... on Aug 17, 2011 at 11:21AM

“My experience at Serafina was no better (see below). Good review and remember, Cliff knows best. And BTW F. NYC if this is the best they can do, Bring back Lombardi's...they were there first and the food did not suck!

Our meal started out with carpaccio that had an odd brown tinge to it and not much flavor. My bruschetta was soaked with about as much olive oil as was humanly possible . Pastas were deviod of any flavor and the pre-shredded mozzarella served at the table didn't help. My margherita pizza had one (yes!) sprig of basil on it and more pre-shredded mozzarella cheese (as opposed to the finer stuff). And all my complaining to the hostess, Letitia, did not help. She was too busy outside on the place talking on her cell phone (no doubt to some celebrity) than to address my concerns...”

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3. bluehensfanwife said... on Aug 17, 2011 at 03:16PM

“My husband said it all. It was the worst food we have had in Philly! After everyone tried a bite of their entrees, we had enough. My 15 year old son summed it up best, "If a restaurant can't cook any better than me, it is not worth going to."

Don't waste your time here. There are lots of other great meals to be had just a few blocks away”

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4. Anonymous said... on Aug 17, 2011 at 04:48PM

“OMG! Italian restaurant, the place had more mexicans then a taco house. Cheap labor. Sounds and looks like a Steven Starr restaurant”

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5. kevin said... on Aug 18, 2011 at 12:10PM

“i def agree about the bad service, but the retard that wrote this article is really trting to much.. to write words like
" brazenly insouciant attitude, or grotesque sense of self-importance or even fabulousness that permeates this deafeningly loud

common...”

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6. amigo said... on Aug 18, 2011 at 05:39PM

“Love this review! Looking at the menu while passing by, I wondered if this was some sort of family-style-portion restaurant. Then I wondered, "there has to be a lunch menu? with at least a few items under...$15?" Considering it took what, a year, for this place to finally, open, it sounds like a bigger bust than Aaron Maybin. Can't wait to see what it becomes in its next incarnation.

PS: Nice note about the Mexicans! Don't get me wrong, I love Mexicans, and Mexican food. But, is it too much to ask to have people actually schooled professionally in the culinary arts in the kitchen when a place is trying to get $25 and up for an entree? I used to joke that these places have the Italian flag out front and the Mexican flag in the kitchen...but it's not joke! I know at least one such place where this is really the case...a certain little corner on 3rd Street! I guess in American, no matter what the menu, every restaurant is a Mexican restaurant!”

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7. Anonymous said... on Aug 19, 2011 at 09:34AM

“Everything I suspected about this place. This just makes the story of them turning away Philadelphia's biggest celebrity because they didn't recognize him so much better.”

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8. George said... on Aug 22, 2011 at 11:35AM

“Hey Kevin - it's called English, maybe you should take a class.”

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