Bianca’s Ristorante opened in North Fort Myers in 1996 and now is on its 3rd owner. We reviewed many years ago but as there are new owners since 2014 or so and we had also heard many good things so we thought we would try them again.
The evening we went, they were very busy with a 30-minute wait. Our hostess was warm and friendly and seated us at our table. She told us who our server would be. Our server was prompt and took our drink orders after she introduced herself. We opted to try their martini’s. Chocolate as well as a Raspberry Chocolate Martini. Both were very good!
For the appetizer we wanted the Fried Zucchini but they were all out of them so we chose the Tomato Bruschetta – Italian bread topped with tomatoes, basil, onions, parsley, garlic, and parmesan cheese. We had the cheese on the side as our dining companion is allergic to cheese. The Bruschetta is 4 large pieces with ample toppings and very flavorful!
For the entrée’s we chose the Veal Marsala with no mushrooms and the Osso Bucco. They are served with choice of soup or salad and rolls. I opted for the Italian Wedding Soup and my dining companion chose the salad with oil and vinegar on the side. The soup was delicious. This soup can be made with chicken, beef or vegetable stock. In this case it was beef, which just brings a different flavor to it. While I prefer the chicken, this soup was very good. My dining partner salad was adequate but she never did get her salad dressing on the side.
The entrees arrived and the veal marsala came with the mushrooms and had to be returned. When our waitress came by to check on us, she asked my dining companion about her entrée and she explained the problem. This is when our server asked if they were going to make her a new one? We were a bit perplexed about that question and thought it was odd to ask it. However, they did prepare her a new entrée. The veal was so tender you could cut it with a fork. The Osso Bucco was sautéed with portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts & asparagus in a brandy sauce. The pork while delicious as slightly dry and did not pull off the bone easily like it should. The spaghetti that is served on the side does not come with any sauce so you must use the sauce from entrée. This is not my preference as I prefer spaghetti sauce of some type with my entrée.
After dinner and our left overs were packed, we were asked if we had a coupon or a groupon and were presented our bill…notice what was missing? We were not asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. So, we placed our coffee and dessert order of Tiramisu. We then looked at the time…it was 9 pm so we figured that is why we were not asked about dessert or coffee. That and we seemed to be her last table. The Tiramisu is very good and a huge portion, enough for 2 for sure.
When we received our final bill, we noticed we were over charged for the Martini’s. Rather than delay our departure we just had her tip reflect the difference. When one spends over $80 for a dinner for 2, one expects the service to reflect that. Forgetting the salad dressing and not even coming around to see if we needed anything so we could have asked for it, is just not good service. We observed the other servers and they were much more attentive.
Overall Bianca’s Ristorante does a really good job on their meals. They are nice sized portions with very nice flavor profiles. Prices range $11-$30. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and one can have a really nice dining experience. We just had a server that struggled that night.
Overall rating: Above Average
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