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Italian food #267820
11/03/2021 06:07 PM
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So I’ve been to izis which I love ,,,, but what about Sale and Pepe?

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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267822
11/03/2021 06:53 PM
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Lots of mixed reviews. We only ate there once in the old location and it was good, both food and service, Try the Spaghetti House at Jordan Village if you haven’t already. Very good and reasonable. 🙂🙂


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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267824
11/03/2021 06:57 PM
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As pat stated, very mixed reviews. Personally, I would do Isola or Izi as both are much more consistent.


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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267825
11/03/2021 07:11 PM
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There is a newer Italian restaurant that just opened in the past 9 months, Buonanotte. Has anyone been here? Any reviews of the food or service or atmosphere? In Simpson Bay up near FedEx.


Their menu:

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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267826
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Have only dined there a few times and both were good experiences. Buonanotte's menu looks good and will have to give it a try, thank you bdeeley!

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267828
11/03/2021 07:59 PM
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We love Isola. Prefer Isola over Izi. Had 2 bad experiences at S&P.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267830
11/03/2021 08:05 PM
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After seeing the menu for Buonanotte I'll be giving it a try in May.

Re: Italian food [Re: Brooke Lynn] #267831
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A link to BounaNotte's Facebook page is below.




BounaNotte - Facebook page

Re: Italian food [Re: bdeeley] #267833
11/03/2021 08:28 PM
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Thanks. Wife already started following them on Facebook. Is that the old Peg Leg Pub location?

Re: Italian food [Re: bdeeley] #267834
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I believe this is part of the "district 721" complex -- couple of restaurants and a nightclub in the middle. We ate their in July and enjoyed our meals--we had pizza, risotto, and another pasta dish that I can't remember. The service was very friendly too! We were eating on the early side so no issues with parking or the party people heading into the nightclub.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267838
11/03/2021 09:54 PM
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I like Izi, almost as much as Sale and Pepe, but I am not an Isola fan although it is easy to walk to from La Vista but I would rather drive to one of the others. If you want Lasagna, The Palms is top shelf. As stated Spaghetti House is good as well and reasonable, La Rosa in Maho is pretty good for upper level Italian. Lots of options with out having to travel. Have not tried BounaNotte yet but might on this next trip.

As far as Sale and Pepe, I have been there at least five times in the last two years and can not complain about anything. Is it my favorite, no, but very surprised by the bad reviews as that is not my experience. If you want to go big make the drive to Spiga, it all depends upon what you specifically want and as I stated already, the Lasagna at The Palms is pretty tough to beat and if you add the staff and other options and cocktails it makes it my favorite place to spend an evening.

Will be back on island soon, looking forward to my evenings at The Palms, Lal's, Astra, and when asked MJ states Sale and Pepe's. Will also have evenings at Fat Tony's, possibly Emilio's, Roxxy, and a few places on the French side. Tough only having three weeks on island this time of year, but we will survive. Damn I am looking forward to all of these!

Cheers,
Todd


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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267840
11/03/2021 10:24 PM
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Re: Italian food [Re: SXMScubaman] #267841
11/03/2021 10:40 PM
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A post started by somebody that had that as their second post, that doesn't help, that just fits your narrative.


I prefer the Isle seat
Re: Italian food [Re: Todd] #267845
11/04/2021 07:25 AM
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Thanks Todd and Sale and Pepe .

Re: Italian food [Re: Todd] #267855
11/04/2021 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by Todd
A post started by somebody that had that as their second post, that doesn't help, that just fits your narrative.


Exactly. And they never posted prior or since.

I will be visiting Sale y Pepe this weekend. Love their risotto. Hubby is craving the calamari. He’s had it at 3 other places this visit and been sorely disappointed.

It’s not the “heavy” Italian associated with its the cream sauces or pastas, though they have that available. It’s like my Sicilian grandmother made. Fresh, lighter.


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Re: Italian food [Re: Todd] #267876
11/04/2021 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Todd
A post started by somebody that had that as their second post, that doesn't help, that just fits your narrative.

Not just my narrative as others chimed in with similar experiences.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267878
11/04/2021 11:20 AM
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On Monday we went to Sale and Pepe. I've been there a few times at both locations. I've always had a great meal there and this past Monday was no exception. Extremely friendly staff. As we were walking to our table, we were greeted by several staff members. Our service was great as was the food. They do not "know" me, so there wasn't any pretenses about who we were. Very pleased.

Last night, we dined at IZI. We have been to IZI quite a few times over the years. Everything was excellent there too. Was able to chat with David just a little bit as he was working in the kitchen last night. I've never known him to not be up at the front of the house, but he had a big smile on his face and said it was something different for him to be in the kitchen. Even without him being in the front of the house, the service was excellent.

2 Sunday's ago, we went to Spaghetti House. First time there. Very pleased with the food and service.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #267888
11/04/2021 12:51 PM
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We've never had a bad meal at Sale and Pepe, and have always had good service as well. I actually prefer it to Izi, mostly because of the location. Izi's food is good, but the location and atmosphere are just like a great restaurant here in the states, and when I go out to eat on the island, I want to know I'm not at home. Spiga is excellent, but is a bit of a drive from Simpson Bay. Isola is fine for pizza on a night when we don't feel like driving, as we can walk there from La Vista Beach. If I had to choose one Italian restaurant near Simpson Bay, it would be Sale and Pepe.

And as Todd stated, the lasagna at The Palms is excellent.

Re: Italian food [Re: SXMScubaman] #267987
11/05/2021 03:39 PM
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Originally Posted by SXMScubaman
Originally Posted by Todd
A post started by somebody that had that as their second post, that doesn't help, that just fits your narrative.

Not just my narrative as others chimed in with similar experiences.


The interesting thing to note...and perhaps Carol can check the IP address of that poster. But the restaurant terminated the employment recently of someone with the name of Susie. Coincidence? Doubtful.


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Re: Italian food [Re: BeachKitten] #267988
11/05/2021 03:42 PM
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I will say that post may well have been suspect, but it certainly is not nearly the first complaint regarding the service there.. Many people love it there. Many people have had issues..


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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #282968
05/24/2022 05:02 AM
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Sale Pepe is the only restaurant we eat twice each trip. Top notch service and dinner every time.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #282974
05/24/2022 07:41 AM
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"S&P??? There isn't enough money to get me to go back to this overrated bad service nothing to talk about food!! As they say: Three strikes and you're out. Well the last time was the clincher!! Not to bore you, but our waiter got into one of our guests face! One more word out this POS and it would have been lights out!! I need rude and nasty on vacation??? Want good reasonable Italian food, best lil find in Jordan village. "The Spaghetti house"!!


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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #282980
05/24/2022 08:00 AM
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We might give S&P another try while here. Both times we were at old location we weren't impressed with service nor food but have heard some recent good reviews. Tonight we are having Italian at Isola. Our favorite true Italian restaurant on island. Will celebrate my 75th BD there. A tradition we started years ago.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #282986
05/24/2022 08:22 AM
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Isn't Buonanottte the same restaurant from Marigot Marina years back?
I know this is an old post, but I remember going there many times, when Marigot
was up and running with all the great restaurants.

We visited it once after the move to Simpson Bay.
I believe the owner, a very nice gentleman, passed away, soon after the new location opened.


We have had excellent food and service at Izi, Isola, and Spaghetti House!

Re: Italian food [Re: SXMScubaman] #282988
05/24/2022 08:43 AM
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Happy Birthday, and enjoy your meal at Isola! We've dined there once in the past and really enjoyed the food. The view from the outdoor patio, however, isn't the greatest.

Everyone has their own opinions, and I'm not a huge fan of pasta, especially while on vacation, but here are my comments:

We had dinner at Sale & Pepe in May 2021, and it was a wonderful last dinner on the island. Water views, food and service were all excellent. The chef visited every table and Marc was able to customize his meal.

La Rosa has excellent Italian food. The service is fantastic, I don't believe they offer outdoor dining, but I could be wrong on that.

Spaghetti House's prices, while still somewhat reasonable, have gone up quite a bit (like doubled) since we started dining there. My $25 plate of penne & shrimp was good, but overpriced in my opinion. The location does not offer a decent view at all.

Spiga is probably my favorite Italian restaurant on the island.


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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #282991
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I had a bad experience at Sale and Pepe at the old location but went again a week ago and had good food and good service. I would like to think that they have worked on improving both. I would definitely go again. Give it a try if you have never been.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #282998
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I think that you should just try it for yourself and decide. I had a nice experience there.


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Re: Italian food [Re: pat] #283003
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Amen great food and $ value

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #283017
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It is impossible to compare S&P with Spaghetti House. SH is not a full scale restaurant in the sense that there is a very limited menu and a few appetizers, and very seldom one or two main courses that are not pastas. It is an easy place with good value. S&P is altogether a different story. I personally like S&P and L' Isola.
I am the Enzo who started SH therefore for the readers of this thread you should be aware that I might have a skewed interest in affirming that SH is a good value for money

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Re: Italian food [Re: jomarc] #283018
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Originally Posted by jomarc
La Rosa has excellent Italian food. The service is fantastic, I don't believe they offer outdoor dining, but I could be wrong on that.


I ate outdoors there in November but wasn't impressed with the food.


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Re: Italian food [Re: SXMScubaman] #283020
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Happy Birthday!


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Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #283029
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We didn’t make it to La Rosa Too during our April or November past trips but the last time we were there we ate outside and the food and company were the best. 👏👏


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Re: Italian food [Re: jazzgal] #283047
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Originally Posted by jazzgal
Happy Birthday!

Thank you. Best place to celebrate every year.

Re: Italian food [Re: funsue] #283057
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Didn’t realize it was your day so happy, happy, Scuba. Hope it was a good day all around. smile smile


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Thank you. Very good day. Went to town and treated myself to some nice single malt scotch purchases to take home.

Re: Italian food [Re: SXMScubaman] #283064
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Great choice for dinner and a Happy Birthday to you,

Re: Italian food [Re: SXMScubaman] #283065
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Enjoy your day, Scuba!


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Re: Italian food [Re: Whale Tail] #283070
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Thank you and Marco went out of his way for my Birthday dinner. Such good food and service. Outstanding.

Re: Italian food [Re: Carol_Hill] #283071
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Originally Posted by Carol_Hill
Enjoy your day, Scuba!

We sure did Carol. Easy to do on St Maarten.


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