Johnny Buccelli’s is a local casual restaurant with some positives and negatives.
By: Sarah Shroyer 15′
Hamburgers and french fries are American classics. But what do Caesar salads and philly cheese steaks taste like at a place known for its burgers? Johnny Buccelli’s, located on Bethel Road in Columbus Ohio, serves a mixture of Italian and American cuisines. Open Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., customers can choose between a variety of dishes. There are burgers, pastas, salads, paninis, sandwiches, and soups, which are all close to a seven to eight dollar price range.
The salads at Johnny Buccelli’s were large and filling. The Caesar salad contains fresh lettuce, salted and peppered, crunchy croutons, and morsels of grilled chicken. The Caesar dressing is offered on the side so the customer can use as much as they want. Overall the grilled chicken Caesar salad was worth the $7.25 price.
The sandwiches at Johnny Buccelli’s are overall, just average. The “Original” philly cheese steak had barely any cheese on it, soggy vegetable toppings, and was lacking in meat. For $6.50, the sandwich, with its roasted red peppers & onions, lettuce, Roma tomatoes, mayonnaise and provolone or white American cheese, is not worth the price. The side salad that can be added to the sandwich meal was just average as well. The vegetables were wet when put on the salad, and that caused the salad to be watery.
To finish off the meal the frozen custard was delicious. It had a smooth consistency, was creamy with bits of cookie in it, and was a perfect way to end the meal.
The service at Johnny Buccelli’s was quick, efficient, and friendly. The food arrived within five minutes of ordering. When food was accidently dropped on the floor, the staff quickly fetched a new order. Finally, the staff says goodbye when the customers leave.
Overall the restaurant was clean. The restroom was sanitary, well stocked, and there was nothing on the floor; however, there was only one stall. Another issue was that some of the dining tables were dirty with crumbs. The waitress had cleaned a few tables, but most were still dirty from previous diners.
Johnny Buccelli’s is a quality restaurant with many cuisine choices. The restaurant is generally clean and the wait staff was helpful. Johnny Buccelli’s overall, is a fun experience for families; however, its menu items add up to average.