Delicious. We had great service with a very personable and knowledgable waiter. The scallop special I ordered was phenomenal, and the off menu dish my colleague ordered was perfect according to him. I can't wait to get back.
!!!WONDERFUL!!!. we had a great meal there today awsome pasta dishes and great steaks the bar staff was fun and the waitstaff was very good
Our concierge recommended Cassarino's, and after looking it up and reading some pretty positive reviews, we had to give it a try.
On the plus side, the atmosphere and service were fine. They seated us promptly (had a reservation), and the waitstaff was fairly attentive and courteous. Didn't see our waiter quite as often as I might have liked but there were enough servers running around that it didn't really matter.
Now the food... we had the Calamari Cassarino, Apple Salad, Frutti di Mare and that evening's special (name escapes me, but it was chicken and vegetables over what I'll assume was tagliarelli in white sauce). The Calamari was quite good with the peppers, olives and capers. I thought well enough of the salad, too... a little on the sweet side with the citrus dressing and candied walnuts (I know... what did I expect?!) but not bad. When the entrees finally arrived, however, all I can say is they failed to impress. My pasta was a bit overdone, and the white sauce was oily-er than I've encountered elsewhere. My girlfriend's Frutti di Mare was... well... just a bit on the bland side. The shrimp and scallops were great by themselves, but the sauce didn't offer anything special or compliment the seafood in any way. For my part, I don't wish to leave such a well-revered restaurant thinking I could have had as good at home.
In conclusion, I'd say go for the atmosphere and friendly service, but keep your expectations in check with regards to the food (or at least the dishes I mentioned!).
Very good Italian food. I came to Cassarino's with some colleagues of mine recently, and I was very very pleased with our dinner. We were seated at a nice table on the 2nd floor and had friendly, efficient service from a great waitress. Everything came with perfect timing. The menu had all the basics for a solid Italian restaurant, and the portions were huge. Everybody loved their entrees. I found the chicken & escarole soup to be extra fresh and flavorful. I loved the clear broth and torn chicken pieces. The flavors complemented each other perfectly and made for an ideal, uncomplicated soup. I had a special entree with pork tenderloin over pasta in a marsala cream sauce. Prosciutto and tomatoes were mixed in the sauce. The tomatoes tasted great, though the large chunks were a bit confusing, and I wished the pieces of pork were smaller...but I really cannot complain, the taste was out of this world. My colleagues had huge portions of eggplant parm and spaghetti. I'd definitely go back.
King of the Hill. My family and I had the pleasure of dinning at Cassarino's this past Saturday. I must say that it was fabulous. We were greated at the door in a timely and polite fashion. The server was there whenever we needed something. The food was just tremendous, the veal chops and the swordfish special were awsome, cant wait to come back to see what else they have up their sleeve.
Best Value on The Hill!. Cassarino's restaurant is a great place to eat at when visiting federal hill. With its wide spread of clientele the restaurant is open to anyone who is in the mood for great italian-american food. I highly reccomend this reataurant not matter what the occasion may be. Lunch with the family or dinner with a date cassarinos is a great pick.
most comfortable dining experience, excellent food, I bring everyone here to experience all that is fedral hill!. I can't say enough good things about this restaurant, I've been to a lot of the places on fedral hill but this is by far my favorite. huge meal portions, great price, friendly atmosphere, not too loud, and i'ts compfortable, if your into super snobby fancy then this isn't really your place. it would work for anything to, just a normal dinner or bring the whole family, or even a romantic night out. and the food is incredible, i ussually end up taking most of my meal home becuase i just can't finish it and it makes 2 more meals after that. i'd say best place on fedral hill!
No passport necessary to experience this Federal Hill restaurant's informal, old-world Italian charm..
Planning a blind date, business meeting or multigenerational birthday celebration? Somehow, the informal elegance of Cassarino's dimly lit dining room appeals to all. Maybe it is the timeless, dark-green and cream interior with brass accents, but more likely, it's the fact that the casually dressed crowd enjoys the food. Fortunately for patrons, Cassarino's menu of Italian favorites does not require a translator.
Whatever you choose, from pasta to the wine-based pollo Marsala, you can feel confident that everything will be dependably delicious. Not to say there isn't any creativity in these traditional offerings: The scallops alla aurore are tossed with penne in a pink vodka sauce and the ravioli pesto arrives fanned out on the plate like a pinwheel, with sun-dried tomatoes and black olives at the center.
Fantastic time. We attended Cassarino's Saturday night (10/7) and just had a fantastic time. I could not believe that I have never heard of this restaurant, they have three floors of dinning and every chair was fill, even outside and at the bar. I must say that as busy as they were the service was attentive and the food just delicious, and plenty to take home and enjoy with the football game.. Very good guys!!!
Romantic, I do not think so!. I find it completely odd that this restaurant is listed under the romantic catagory especially compared to other restaurants on the hill. If your idea of average service, below average food, close tables, loud, especially on the first floor in the summer when the doors are all open to street level with all the traffic and motorcycles on Atwells Avenue flying by then I guess I am missing something. The only redeeming factor is this restaurant is reasonably priced for the hill. But in the same sense I believe you are getting what you pay for, the food is no better than any Italian chain restaurant like an Olive Garden. I feel Siena, Pane E Vino, and Zooma just to name a few all are far above Cassarino's in every catagory.
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