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Delitalia

Update: Delitalia is closed.

In a word: Needs a user interface upgrade.

The specs: #0127
Address, hours & details via Isthmus; official web site.

JM ate the meatball sub and Wisconsin cheese soup with a fountain drink.
John had an Italian beef sandwich and a fountain drink.
Rose had the lasagna with a lime tea Snapple.
John and Rose split a chef salad.
Nichole ate the 1/2 Italian beef sandwich.
The bill was $33, or $8.25/person, plus tip.
JM gave Delitalia a B-; Nichole and Rose gave Delitalia a C; John gave Delitalia a B (see our grading rubric).

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Thank goodness John and Rose brought a Norske Nook pie for afters, or we might have all gone to bed hungry; Delitalia kind of let us down.

The high points were the chef salad and other fresh veggies, the tasty marinara sauce, and the Snapple (OK, so if Snapple is a high point...). The low points were the mouth-laceratingly dry bread, the gristle in the Italian beef, and the something-bitter in the fountain soda.

Nichole was especially bugged by the sheer chaos. Two quick workers were hardly enough to manage the dinner crowd. The order/pickup/pay layout forced customers to elbow past each other at least twice just to get their meals. The fountain drinks were practically at the front door, while the cooler (with the Snapple) was in the back. It made for an awkward and confusing time and didn't really foster a relaxed dining experience. Perhaps they're geared more towards lunchers.

Delitalia usually caters the UW library school's orientation dinner, where the high quality of salad and lasagna is freed of the shackles of poor store layout. We'd recommend takeaway, if you can figure it out.

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I usually pop over to Delitalia for quick takeout. Once you get the hang of how/where to order they are nice, reliable and cheap. Good for popping in and grabbing some pasta or a fresh hot sandwich. A note on the sandwiches: the "renowned" garibaldi is good, but the muffaletta is better.

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