Historic Haddonfield New Jersey, on Kings Highway in the shopping district we came upon Casa Bella. With a few outdoor tables as well as a dining room, we decided on the outside seating for our dinner. Very empty for a Sunday evening we were only one of two tabled with patrons and we still waited a few minutes to be seated. Given the menus and two glasses of water with lemon, the waiter soon came to take our orders. The waiter seemed very inexperienced, mumbling off a few specials. Ordering two appetizers and soup off the mumbled specials and two main courses.
Lobster Bisque> Nice presentation but outside of that a bomb. Soup had weak flavor, with the exception of some lobster shavings plopped in the middle no discernible taste of lobster. So little I thought it was cheese until I was nearly done.
Beef Carpaccio> Another nice presentation though would have rather had beef on the top of the arugula as peeling it off the plate made it difficult to eat. Menu stated truffle oil drizzled on, found no flavor of it existing.
Eggplant Rollantini>Wishing the eggplant had been breaded before the very light frying as described on menu. Turned out to be a little slimy, not crisp.
Closing with the Veal Casa Bella, there were two pieces of veal one very tough the second was tender and had a nice flavor. With zucchini, topped with a blob mozzarella cheese, I rooted through the meal dividing it around to create my own balance. Far too much sauce added could have used some more bread, didn’t ask for more as the first delivery of bread was microwaved into little ROCKS.
Our second entrée was the Chicken Montez. The meal was not much more than “ok.” The crab meat was shredded sparingly over the chicken and the asparagus was completely overcooked and inedible. Lump crab meat and steamed asparagus would have been a better choice. The over abundance of sauce added the only flavor to the dish which left me disappointed.
Looks can be deceiving, very quaint establishment, but with slow service and food below average, the final flaw never were we asked or did the menu mention drinks. They do not serve iced tea, soda or anything other than water with lemon? It is a BYOB, I guess that means all liquids.
Jul 22, 2013
Entered a completely empty restaurant to wait for what seemed a lifetime with nobody coming to greet. Walked out! The one star…you need to put zero or minus stars on your site. Wish I read your review before I wasted my time!!