There was a time when The Rome generated some excitement. Italian food! An Italian grandma writing down recipes! And hey, Italian food! Then it opened, and very quickly sucked. The cavernous space sported cheesy “Italian” awnings over the booths. The salads were beyond dull; like a time portal to a salad bar circa 1988. The bar – gorgeous and full of potential – seemed geared more to slinging Bud Lights at the college crowd than putting on big boy pants. And the food, it started out as a total roll of the dice and steadily got worse – though I see on Facebook they crafted something of a gluten free following (nothing better than a gluten free Italian place!). My general take was: either be Bambino’s or aim higher; you can’t do both. I hadn’t been in for four years.
Now, they’re closed, per the website it’s for renovations. Their voicemail says it’s just for the summer. On Facebook they say they’re looking at different locations, to “better accommodate our customer base.” Right. Given the various messages, and the fact that I’ve heard separately that it’s closing for good and that the staff has been let go, I’m calling it. Time of death: none too soon.
Now the question becomes, What should go in there?