So, I grew up in the Chicagoland area and still have family in the northwest suburbs. Di Piero's has always been one of those must have dinner spots whenever I'm in town visiting. All totaled, I have probably eaten here a couple of dozen times over the past five years. The last two times I have had dinner here, it was a very dissapointing experience. I thought when I was here in April it might have been a fluke that the food was mediocre and the service was poor, but it happened again. I ate dinner here with my family recently and what a bummer. They no longer will leave olive oil on the table for bread. One of the servers put some on a plate and when we asked if he would leave the bottle, he said he wasn't allowed. Really (this was the first red flag)! We ordered the Bruschetta for an appetizer and it was fine, but nothing special. We ordered Chicken Parmesan, Gnocchi, Saltimbocca, and fish for dinner and the results were not good in some cases. The Chicken Parmesan was tough and I felt like my jaw had one heck of a workout after I was done (second red flag). The Gnocchis were good, but they cut way back on the portion they typically serve (third red flag). The Saltimbocca was good according to my sister and she didn't have any complaints. According to my brother-in-law the fish was okay, but a little on the bland side. The service was not good! It seemed like the waitress was really struggling. She rarely showed up at the table without us having to wave her down. We had to wait a good 25 minutes before she provided us with menus and again, this was only after we asked for them. She let our glasses of wine run dry a couple of times. One time, I ordered a glass of wine and waited 15 minutes before she showed up at the table empty handed and asked me if I wanted more wine (really, you didn't get it the first time?!). This was the fourth red flag. I don't know whether it's just a coincidence or not, but they expanded the restaurant not too long ago and ever since then it seems like the quality of food and service have gone down hill. It also seems like they are starting to cut corners (e.g. no olive oil on the table and smaller portions) which is never a good sign. I don't think we will be back the next time I'm in town. That's too bad since I used to really enjoy Di Peiro's.
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