Casa Vecchia – Sewell, NJ
With so many great Italian themed restaurants around the Philadelphia area, it must be tough to keep a loyal customer base. I have my favorites, but the curiosity of wondering what someplace else is like and thinking I will find another gem keeps me trying new places. So with that in mind Casa Vecchia (CV) would be one such place I gave a try. To start out the décor is very mismatched is could use a touch up, empty glasses were in the bathroom for some reason, then to top it off service was SLOW as it took over an hour to get my appetizer of calamari to me even though only two other couples were in the restaurant with me. Once I started to eat the calamari though, it made me feel a little better as it was delicious.
Then the long wait began again. No refills of drinks, servers were missing in action and nowhere to be seen, hearing other diners complain, and finally over an hour after appetizer the main entrée arrived. I ordered the Pollo e Salsiccie which was supposed to be boneless chicken thighs and legs, veal sausage, sun dried tomatoes, shitake mushrooms, white wine, balsamic sauce in tri-colored pasta. Well it was served with overcooked, dry, and tough chicken breasts, the pasta was even tough and dry, and the dish overall was not worth the wait. After clocking in at over two and half hours for my meal, CV obviously has a lot of work to do to even be near the level of some of the other fantastic Italian dining destinations around. I just hope they recognize what needs to be done and work hard to correct themselves and hopefully one day be considered a must visit as well. Until then, it will be a while until CV will see me again.