paul1815, the food is definetly Italian, not at all like you get at Olive Garden. And I think that those who didn't like it thought the food would be Olive garden food, Americanized Italian.
You probably would find this type of Italian in some large cities who have resturants owned by Italians.
Each night the food is representative of a different region of Italy.
Other lines I have found do Americanized Italian.
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