The Mystery of Robintino's Decline.
I remember the olden days (not that long after the covered wagons arrived in the valley) -- when Robintino's was in the space where the Mandarin now thrives. A Bountiful girl, I loved it and spent many hours with my high school friends around pizzas of which I still have fond memories.
Then life happened. I moved on to the big city -- Salt Lake -- and then on to the bigger city -- San Francisco. I came back to Bountiful perhaps much more foodie wise, but still with those warm memories of high school pizza get-togethers. So when I needed a pizza fix, I went to Robintino's where it had long ago landed -- on the old highway.
Since the moment I walked through the door I have been puzzling. Have I changed? Or has Robintino's? Or perhaps both of us has changed -- changed beyond recognition.
The ambiance is -- lousy -- unlike the cozy atmosphere at the old address. The waiting room -- where one might spend a long time just by the way -- is especially cold and unappealing. The dining area is a little better, but not by much.
As for the food, I kept wondering over and over -- had the pizza always been this bad? Had I just been a naive little Utah girl who didn't know any better when I had liked it? It is completely worth it to stay on the old highway all the way to Salt Lake just to get *better* pizza, and I don't even mean good pizza -- just pizza not this bad. As for the salad, they find better things in bags at Smith's. Honest. You can buy a few fresh veggies and whip up something much more creative, original, and delicious -- easily. Go wild. Toss on a little fresh pear, a few carmalized walnuts, and some real blue cheese. It will be so much more better than anything on the menu at Robintino's
Everything is bland. The only favor is basically the salty of the sausage or pepperoni. Canned mushrooms. Ugh. Who does that these days?
The mystery deepens with the enormous popularity of Robintino's. It remains a Bountiful favorite, and there is an (uncomfortable) wait for a table on weekends.
All that means to me is that more people need to make the move beyond Bountiful into the larger world -- even that just means Salt Lake.
Excellent Pizza and Lasagna - look for the cenetta. It must be personal if someone is badmouthing Robintino's in Bountiful. The tomato sauce (the heart of most Italian restaurants) is tasty. Service is from waitresses. Duh. The only distraction is that they are family friendly - babes, toddlers, etc... so it's not the most romantic place due to the noise. The food has always been consistently delicious. I like the garlic bread, usually order extra. I don't know a better place with which to compare the meals. You can be the judge, just look at the masses waiting for tables from 4:00 pm 'till close on any given weekend. I recommend this restaurant 3 or 4 times a week. Thanks!
Awesome breadsticks!. I agree with the good and bad about Robintino's, but the one thing that sticks out in my mind about this palce are the breadsticks. The food in this place is good, but the breadsticks are awesome! They are delicious! They come with delicious dipping sauce. It could just be regular ranch, I'm not sure, but it tastes great with the small breadsticks. I often order breadsticks only (to go). Soft , warm, and delicious!!!
WORST Italian Restaurant. NEVER AGAIN!! The Food at Robintino's is TASTELESS. The Prices are HIGH. The Portions are SMALL. The Service is POOR. The Waiters/Waitresses are RUDE. It is NOT Authentic Italian Food. DON'T Waste your Money!
"NOT" a Great family restaurant. THE 5 STAR REVIEW POSTED BELOW DATED ON 03/09/08 BY "2620" WAS OBVIOUSLY AN "INSIDE JOB" AND WAS PROBABLY POSTED BY THE RESTAURANT OWNER OR A RELATIVE!! THERE IS NO "HONEST" CUSTOMER THAT WOULD TAKE THAT MUCH TIME (OR EVEN CARE) TO GO INTO SUCH GREAT DETAIL ABOUT WHAT GOES ON "BEHIND THE COUNTER", OR ABOUT "VOTIVE CANDLES" ON THE TABLES, "FAIRLY SPACIOUS LOBBY", WHAT THE KITCHEN LOOKS LIKE AND ON AND ON! ONCE YOU READ THAT REVIEW YOU CAN INSTANTLY TELL IT WAS WRITTEN AND POSTED BY THE OWNER (OR RELATIVE) WHO IS BIAS! THE TRUTH IS, THE FOOD IS "REALLY LOUSY" AND "NOT" AUTHENTIC ITALIAN. I TOOK SOME OUT OF TOWN RELATIVES THERE AND WAS EMBARRASED AT HOW "RUDE" AND DISINTERESTED THE WAITRESSES WERE (THE SERVICE WAS BAD TOO - LIKE WAITING IN A DOCTORS OFFICE) AND HOW "TOUGH" THE MEAT (VEAL) WAS. ANYONE WHO HAS TRAVELED THE EASTERN STATES OR HAS BEEN TO ITALY WILL TELL YOU "ROBINTINO'S" IS A VERY LOUSY EXAMPLE OF ITALIAN FOOD. THE ONLY REASON THAT PLACE IS POPULAR IS BECAUSE MOST OF THE LOCALS DON'T KNOW WHAT GOOD, AUTHENTIC ITALIAN FOOD IS AND ROBINTINO'S IS "NOT" IT!!!!!!! DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Great family restaurant.
I really don't understand the basis of the complaints on this board about Robintino's. The customer service is great! Many of the waitresses have been with Robintino's for several years and are VERY friendly and accomodating. The hostesses are also friendly and the cooks know many regular customers by name and will wave "hello" when they see you from behind the counter where they prepare the pizzas. This friendliness is a hallmark of this locally-owned restaurant. Everyone is made to feel at home.
All restaurants have certain items they charge a little extra for, so what's the big deal paying 50 cents for a cup of sauce? They sometimes do have a bit of a wait (20 minutes or more on Fridays and Saturdays), but that is due to the popularity of this Bountiful icon. The front lobby is fairly spacious with lots of seating for those who have to wait for a table. Robintino's has a wide variety of menu items, not just Italian fare--steak, fish, chicken, sandwiches, soups, salads; and of course--great pizza.
As far as the decor--it has been a while since they had an interior makeover, but who cares? Part of the charm is the familiarity of the place! The atmosphere is cozy, with votive candles on every table, and the center part of the main dining room has a roof-shaped awning that covers the booths which creates a very warm and comfortable feeling. The dining room and kitchen area (I know because I've been back there) are very clean. Tables are bussed very quickly. Large groups are easily accomodated.
The pricing is fair and competitive: two people can easily eat for less than $20--even at dinner. You really get a lot for your money and judging from the number of pizza boxes and take-out containers that are carried out the door, people like the food.
Overall, I think Robintino's is a great locally-owned restaurant. They remain as popular as ever after nearly 40 years in business. That should tell you something about the food and the service.
eh.... at best.. I have been to Robintino's a couple of times..... & it's always the LAST on my list of options. Frankly, I'd rather go to Village Inn. On my last visit... I decided to try the Lasagna thinking it was a safe bet.... Even bad Lasagna is good, right? Wrong. It was more like soup. I literally had to eat it with a spoon. Aweful. I've never been pleased with their food. The service is slow & somewhat (on a good night) friendly. The eye-rolling when I send a dish back for being cold is just too much. The waitresses always wear too much make-up (trashy) & WAY too much parfume (gross. I can taste it!). The dinning room is old, dingy, poorly lit, & super cold. When the bill came, I felt like I had been mugged. The prices are not that high, but I felt like I ate at a soup kitchen. Not worth your time.
Worst Customer Service Award. Customer service is embarassing! Our guests were treated like criminals when requesting a cup of sauce to take home with leftover pizza. What is the deal? Is .25 cents worth of sauce worth a bad review and a ruined evening. Get it together Robintino's! We will never go back! Save yourself the grief, there are plenty of eateries with excellent customer service. Avoid Robintinos!
Editorial Review. Family-friendly joint doles out traditional Italian favorites including veal parmesan, ravioli and pizzas.
Horrible food, overpriced.
The only thing I like about Robintinos is their complimentary bread. Their food is overpriced and WAY below average. You're better off cooking for yourself. Also, they overcharged my credit card and Ryan, the general manager, tried to convince me that my bank had posted the incorrect amount. He said he'd research and call me back, but was too busy to do it immediately. (Way to be concerned.) He called back and told me the same thing. He hadn't even done the appropriate research before confirming that I was really overcharged. He called me back a FOURTH time to finally admit that I was, in fact, overcharged.
This place is a joke. I will never eat there again.
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