Is the atmosphere family-friendly (yet not too loud and crazy)? Will there be food that the kids will eat? Are there items on the menu that my husband and I will enjoy as well? Is the service fast enough that I won't have to listen to whining and complaining while we wait?
After tackling all of those questions (and more), it shouldn't come as a surprise that we often opt to just stay home (or stick with one of our proven few options) instead. Besides, it can get awfully expensive to bring the entire family out to eat to try somewhere new, right?
Actually the answer is no. Thanks to Restaurant.com, it is easy to eat at a variety of different, tasty local sites at incredibly affordable discounts!
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When it comes to getting a great deal at a restaurant, it only makes sense to head to Restaurant.com and pick up one of their gift certificates! Which, with my recent membership as part of the Restaurant.com Review Crew, my family was excited to do.
For the first in our four-part series of restaurant reviews, we were excited to visit Bellini Italian Restaurant in downtown Madison, WI.
Built in 1897, the landmark church that houses Bellini is one of Madison's most beautiful buildings. Right away the whole family was amazed with the unique and beautiful atmosphere both inside and out and the way that this one-of-a-kind setting can provide such a warm, relaxed environment.
While we had already checked out the menu on the Bellini website before arriving, we were still happy to arrive and see the variety of tasty options for adults as well as kids. As a big added bonus, we were eating on a Sunday when, unbeknownst to us, kids eat free!
Our friendly server was quick to bring us our drinks and a loaf of freshly baked bread as we waited for our appetizer, salads and entrees to arrive.
|These two were extremely impressed with the folded napkins, which might be an indication of how seldom we take them to eat at restaurants with cloth napkins.|
As much as we were impressed with the fresh bread dipped in oil, it was only few minutes later that our garlic bread appetizer and dinner salads arrived, which made our mouths water even more.
Although I was already feeling as though I had eaten a full meal, when my Manicotti Pomodoro arrived, I suddenly had much more room to fit in more delicious food.
Yum! I was nearly digging right in before I realized that my husband's Lasagna Angelina, Big Sister E's Cool's Pizza and Little Sister B's Bajo's Green Pasta looked just as fresh and delectable.
I was extremely happy with my meal but, as with the rest of my family, I was unable to finish it due to all of the previous tasty items I had eaten... which just meant that I was able to take some manicotti home to enjoy again for lunch the following day!
All in all, everything from the homemade salad dressings (gluten-free!) to the locally made pasta made our meal at Bellini a positive one for all of us. All of the staff that we interacted with were very pleasant and I appreciate that the restaurant is accommodating when it comes to varying diets — they state that may of their dishes can be prepared gluten-free (including pasta and pizza) and that their skilled staff is happy to work with customers on any special dietary needs.
By using our Restaurant.com gift certificate ($10 bought a $25 gift certificate!) we were able to feed the whole family for a reasonable price and, considering how happy we all were with our various plates, I have no doubt that we'll be returning again!
For more information about Bellini Italian Restaurant, visit their website and connect with them on Facebook. To find out about all of the money-saving options that Restaurant.com has to offer in your area (or in an area that you are planning to visit), head over to Restaurant.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Buon appetito!
As a member of the Restaurant.com Review Crew, I have been provided gift cards and compensation in order to facilitate my reviews. However, all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.