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Old 04-06-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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I went to Finelli's back when they were only in the fifth/10th street location and did not enjoy the experience. The service was horrible and rude, the food was mediocre to yuck...and eating right next to a State Police station was just not the romantic vibe I was going for.

I am not a food snob per se. I am just looking for something different. Different experiences that maybe don't involve food...or food I could get in any major city in the US. Want to excite me? Entice a real chef from Philly to come here and open a real Cheese Steak Restaurant. Entice a family from Brooklyn or Chicago to open up a real Pizzeria. Bring back the Jamaican lady who used to have that wonderful place downtown!

That kind of food would excite me...
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Bring back the Jamaican lady who used to have that wonderful place downtown!

That kind of food would excite me...
I have heard that there is a Jamaican place across the river, in that flea market type place (from downtown go across the bridge and it's a large building on your right). I have never even been in there, but heard that Jamaican place is good and authentic.
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Old 04-07-2011, 07:38 AM
 
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RN I agree with you completely about Finelli's. We are both Italian decent & I have self-published an Italian cookbook, the common joke in our neighborhood is the only real Italian restaurant in the area is "my house". I remember going by when they were on 10th St. also, & at that time their Ravioli was $10.95 My husband & I just laughed. We personally have not been there, because I cook much better quality food & mine is drastically less expensive. We have heard that the staff are not happy, therefore making it a terrible dining experience and that if someone complains to the owner, he is rude and tells you to leave, and is overpriced for cafeteria style, imitation Italian food.
We do like Mirabella for Pizza. We just go to The Fresh Market for excellent meat, fish, produce & Imported Italian tomatoes and cook inexpensively at home and throughly enjoy it and the Chef isn't rude or miserable, and the food is delicious
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Old 04-07-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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Thank you, Kelsie! Warm greetings to you and your family on this gorgeous Carolina day! When should I be over for dinner? :-)
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Old 04-07-2011, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Southern, NJ
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Thank you RN. It certainly is a delightful day, I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine today. I am the typical Italian mom, there is always room for one more at the table, and if you leave our home hungry, it is your own fault. I made my "gravy, meatballs and sausage" (the excellent meat from The Fresh Market, of course) over the weekend so it is in the freezer for expected/unexpected guests. True story, a couple of yrs. ago, the Manager of an Italian chain rest. in Greenville, who is a friend of ours asked why we didn't come in for dinner. My husband explained the reason being we are Italian and I cook. The Manager asked if I made eggplant parm (which I hate) & my dh said that I made it the way his grandmother from Sicily did. I made it and brought some to our friend who was in the middle of the rest. on a busy Sat. afternoon. I was told that it was the best that the Manager & staff ever ate.
Let me know when you are coming, I'll grab another chair and Vino!
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Old 04-10-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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finelli's did suck for us to.and being italian spegetti sauce is the only thing I'll snob.my mom makes it for like 10 hrs or so.so goodI always eat alfredo because i am spoiled to the real thing.lol
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:13 PM
 
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Well back to the OT....

Another reason why The Province is awesome. They are paying for (some) new sidewalks in the 10th St/Anderson/Charles St/11th St area. They are also paying for a new traffic island on 10th St. I thought it wasn't going to begin until the summer. But if you travel there now, something is occurring. Hopefully trees will be planted, like on Charles Blvd.

EDIT: So they're wanting/paying for sidewalks from 10th to 11th on Anderson and Charles St, and on 11th from Lawrence to Charles. And they want to landscape the traffic island, but I guess the city will pay for the actual traffic island. So that answers my trees question. And it is supposed to occur in the summer, but who knows.

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Old 04-11-2011, 08:31 PM
 
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Evans and Arlington intersection is getting resurfaced!
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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There is a new mural (to me) on White's Theater. Any signs of redevelopment is a good thing.
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:42 PM
 
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Saw that the new Jimmy Johns is being put in downtown. It is at the corner where the bicycle post was. They already have the sign up
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