Monday, July 15, 2013

Filibertos Italian Restaurant,653 SW 152nd St, Burien, Wa

During an evening stroll my better half and I decided to try Filibertos on 152nd in Downtown Burien.  There was a sandwich board on the sidewalk that advertised a four course prix fixe dinner for $25.95 with a choice of entrée that consisted of Veal Piccata and Shrimp Scampi.  We had discussed giving it a try on previous occasions, and we are big fans of great Veal Picatta, so we made a right turn into the restaurant.  Even though it was a Saturday evening and the weather was great, there were only two other parties inside. The décor is charming and up to date and it has a nice romantic atmosphere.  I had high hopes of some great Italian food having been brought up in my families Italian Restaurants.  Since the hubs and I are both watching our weight and carb intake, pasta is a real treat that is rare in our diet.  There is a small bar area and a lovely dining room.  A very inviting atmosphere although empty.

We both ordered a glass of wine. Me a house white and hubs a chianti.  House wines run about $9.00 a glass and were fine if unremarkable.  We both were going to have the Veal special. I ordered mine with the house salad while he substituted a cup of Minestrone for his salad.  I have always believed that you can tell  a good Italian restaurant by the Minestrone and he is a connoisseur of the perfect fresh bowl of soup.  We settled in for our dinner and enjoyed our wine and conversation. The service was a bit slow, but we were in a relaxed mood and it wasn't an issue. If you are looking for a quick bite, then this is not the place.  We received our soup and salad and while the soup was fresh and hubs enjoyed it, my salad was completely unremarkable. Just some iceberg with Italian dressing and some feta and a piece of salami on top. It did take awhile to see the next course and the waitress came over to ask if we would like the pasta course served with the main. We said ok and about 20 minutes later we received our Veal and a small side of Penne with meat sauce.  The veal was cut into bite sized pieces, almost like they were left over from other plates and completely overcooked.   They also had an off putting flavor that was definitely not fresh. Frozen would be my guess. Although they advertise all homemade pastas I don't believe for a minute that the Penne did not come from a box of dry pasta. It tasted like any home cooked box pasta with sauce from a jar.  If we were at a $9.99 pizza house buffet, then dinner would have been ok. With a dinner tab of $111.00 before tip it was not good at all.
With other options for fine dining in the area such as Bistro Baffi about a mile up the street, I would suggest you drive by Filibertos.  I can see it being a good place to take a family group for pizza, but not for date night and fine dining.

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