So, I’m in Bakersfield on business for the day and in need of sustenance. A friend recommended Basque cuisine at Hotel Noriega but since they’re closed on Monday, I turned to Yelp to fill my belly.
The number one rated restaurant appeared to be Uricchio’s Trattoria so Italian it was going to be! The restaurant itself wasn’t really much to get excited about, shabby furniture, plain tables and an overall unremarkable atmosphere.
Let’s get on to the food since that’s what it’s all about. The Mozzarella marinara ($7.95) sounded good as an appetizer I mean really, breaded, deep fried cheese and tasty marinara sauce…how could this go wrong? Well, I’ll tell you, leaving that poor defenseless cheese in the deep fryer too long and bringing it to my table over cooked is how. The marinara was good and the cheese itself had a great molten texture. (if served golden brown it would have been perfect).
I’m a fan of a simple Caesar salad($5.75), there’s just something about crisp, cold romaine lettuce, shaved Parmesan crunchy croutons and a nice, creamy dressing but unfortunately that’s not what arrived. My Caesar consisted of room temperature, soggy romaine. With a liberal dose of salt and pepper, the dressing was palatable and I placed my hope in the main.
Well prepared Veal saltimboca ($17.95) is one of those dishes that just makes me smile so the hope was that a place calling itself a Trattoria would deliver. Again, I was disappointed as what I got was flaccid over cooked, un or under seasoned green beans, a “baked potato” that looked like a sliced loaf of McDonalds hash browns, veal with a soggy, “off” breading and Madeira in name only (somehow the flavor was just not there).
Was this the worst meal I’ve ever had, well, no but it kinda sucked and I’m in no hurry to return nor recommend.
(side note, I’ve never been to a restaurant that made me leave the building and walk through a parking garage to get to the restroom but now I have…what a strange design)