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“High Expectations... BUT.”

A Little Bite of Italy
Ranked #9 of 44 Restaurants in Surf City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$58
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Italian Gourmet Deli & Market and French Restaurant Serving Brunch, Lunch and Casual Fine Dining 3 Course Dinner. Full Service Catering Available On & Off Premises, Deli & Restaurant Take Out, Homemade Pizza, Calzones, Gluten Free & Vegetarian Options Available.
Reviewed 26 August 2016

We came to this restaurant for dinner knowing it would be high end French cuisine and, for the most part everything was what we expected. The calamari appetizer, however, was over powered with a hot spice and one of the three presented tasted like bad fish (ammonia) which should have never happened in a restaurant purporting every dish to be a culinary masterpiece. Over all, our meals were very good and ingredients were fresh. The desserts were wonderful. Now for the unfortunate circumstance. As several other reviewers had mentioned, the chef's wife needs lessons in hospitality. We arrived not knowing that the ONLY food they would prepare for children was pasta. She stood by our table with a condescending expression and refused to offer anything else. We were made to feel unwelcomed and almost got up and walked out. The waitress finally said she would check with the chef and the outcome was positive.
Although our children (ages 7 & 9) could not appreciated the prix fixe meal selections, they are well behaved, culturally experienced children who have been in much higher end restaurants in great metropolitan cities. To have felt unwelcomed in a beach resort town that caters mainly to families is ludicrous.

Date of visit: August 2016
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2  Thank anjanz
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debra m, Owner at A Little Bite of Italy, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2016

We are extremely distressed and apologetic to see that you did not entirely enjoy your time at our restaurant as it is always our goal to ensure that each of our guests enjoy their dining experience with us.
It is our understanding that when you made your reservation and spoke to our waitress on the phone, she did explain to you on more than one occassion that pasta is what is offered to children of a young age (we do not have a children's menu) and the same was reiterated to you by the Chef's wife when the waitress repeated that statement upon your arrival. When it became an issue, both the Chef's wife and waitress spoke to the Chef who agreed to your request for meals of chicken parmigianna for both your children and everyone at your table then appeared to be happy, at least by the waitress' account by the evening's end and the generous tip you had left her.

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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Never disappoints . Quality is always superb. Sandwiches are awesome. My fave is the 14 inch imported Italian - prosciutto, cappicola, sopresata, sharp provolone, roasted red peppers and artichokes with balsamic.. May seem pricey at $17.00, but it feeds me and my spouse for one meal and a snack later and is so delicious it is worth every penny. Everything is fresh and made to order, not pre-made like some LBI upscale "local" delis.

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank 19mrpb58
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

Had a very tasty dinner. Menu is small and prix fix only. What they make, they make well! The dining room is actually called Francis' and is separate from the take-out side of the place.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Thank Tracy S
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Always the freshest ingredients and excellent quality. Doesn't get much better than a little bite on the island! Have not yet been there for dinner but I've heard this is also an excellent choice. And the desserts (made on site by the owner who is a French pastry chef) are out of this world!

Date of visit: July 2016
Thank maureenspez
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

I stopped for lunch one afternoon in early summer. i ordered what was on the chalk board menu. A plate came out with two tiny pieces of veal and some flat noodles with a medium brown sauce on them. I also had a bottle of a sweet drink. When the bill came I nearly flipped. I was charged $69.00. It was a bad experience for me and I don't think I will ever eat there again. A tourist trap.

Date of visit: August 2015
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3  Thank Bencan2
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