I wanted to be certain that I got your attention. For years I have lamented that Florence has a serious lack of choices for locally owned restaurants that offer good food– especially if you are budget conscious. Michael’s used to help fill that void, and when it changed ownership and ultimately closed it was a real loss for Florence.
Enter Roberto’s. I received an email from them alerting me that they were open for business and asking me to check them out. I am always game for good food, so Mr. Flossip and some of our friends went on Saturday night. Roberto’s is located at 1261 Celebration Boulevard. They are open for lunch and dinner Monday- Saturday. Their hours are listed on their website.
Because we had a few people with us, I was able to try two appetizers: the bruschetta and the caprese salad. Both were absolutely delicious!
For my meal, I ordered the Spaghetti alle Vongole. (No, I have no clue how to pronounce that.) This is Spaghetti and clams sautéed in a white wine garlic sauce. I will be totally honest with you and tell you that I have actually never ordered anything with clams before. It just sounded good, and I wanted to try something different to tell you about. It was FABULOUS. The clams were cooked perfectly and added exactly the right accent to the pasta. The serving was plentiful, but I didn’t feel overfull. That was a good thing because I had the tiramisu for dessert and it was delicious.
Mr. Flossip had the Fettuccine sautéed in a creamy parmesan sauce with chicken. His was delicious as well and I kept stealing bites off his plate. (Don’t worry– I gave him a clam to try.) We had a lot of fun with our friends, laughed a lot, talked a lot. Every table was full, but we didn’t have to wait when we arrived. I have a suspicious feeling that is going to change really soon. The prices are so reasonable with entrees generally costing under $15.00. The food is really good… so I am hopeful that Roberto’s will need additional space before long! They do not currently take reservations unless you have 6 or more people. I am going to recommend that you call ahead on a weekend night to see if there is a wait.
While I have not eaten lunch there, the lunch menu satisfies my belief that lunch should be $10.00 or under, so I know that I will be trying it very soon. I am especially thrilled to see that they are open on Monday. (For some reason, I used to try to go to Cafe Florentine EVERY Monday. I had some strange mental block about that.)
Roberto’s is off and running with their online marketing. In addition to their webpage, they also have a facebook page that you can like that has a lot of useful information. Help them get well over a hundred likes today! Please let me know if you go and you enjoy it! Also– always remember to tell people that you saw it on the Flossip!
You can also read a review on the Pee Dee Foodie blog.