We both ordered water which they serve in carafes making it nice you don't have to wait for your water to be refilled.
They brought us out some bread. For those of you who have never had bread from a Great American Restaurant, you are really missing out. Those round breadballs are amazing.
We both ordered side salads to go with out meal. I ordered the Mixed Field Greens
Alissa ordered the Caesar Salad romaine hearts, Kalamata olives, focaccia croutons, capers and Parmigiano-Reggiano $6. She enjoyed her salad, but we both agreed it had a very heavy bite of garlic to it so if you are not a hardcore garlic lover it would be too much for you.
Alissa ordered the Rigatoni with Shrimp, Chicken & Sausage spicy Amatriciana tomato cream & mushrooms $17. Sadly this dish was not up to par. It was not bad, but it was definitely not what was described in the menu. She let me try a bite so I grabbed a forkful of the pasta with a piece of sausage and chicken-it turns out I grabbed the one piece of sausage that was on her dish :( So there was only one piece of sausage on her dish and the sauce was not spicy at all. Not a winning dish at all. She did comment that the shrimp in the dish was cooked perfectly.
Overall the food was pretty good, but the service was slacking up until the end. One of my biggest pet peeves happened. As you can see in the photo below they overload us with food instead of waiting for us to finish each course. As you can see all the plates from our meal were there...empty bread basket, empty appetizer plate, salad plates, dinner plates. We got our meals when we were about half way through with our salads-I am a pretty fast eater so it's not like we were taking our time there. Luckily my meal with still really hot but Alissa's was pretty much room temperature.
Anyways, while service was ehh and some of the items were not up to par this was still a good night out, keeping pretty much up to the standards that the Great American Restaurants boast. My only suggestion is to make sure you call ahead and put your name on the wait list or don't go on a friday night (where you will park ridiculously far away) and stay away from the rigatoni!
11880 Grand Commons Ave