The plan was to bring our seven year old twins (aka Thing One and Thing Two) and our fifteen year old son (aka The Pied Piper) and his friend out for dinner celebrating the last day of school. We were going to use the randomizer that I devised to help us with our weekly selections, however we learned quickly random dining doesn’t work well with a picky family.
When I first plugged in the Flagler Restaurant Randomizer™ (like the trademark there?) it came up with Golden Corral. The twins were ecstatic (think endless chicken fingers and a chocolate fountain) but Shawn, the Pied Piper and his pal simultaneously groaned. So I tried again. The second selection was Palm Harbor BBQ, which turns out to be Portuguese food. I was game, but the kids were not, so I abandoned any hope of using the randomizer that day and just picked from the list.
Italian. That’s always safe.
Terranova’s is situated in a refurbished old house set back from Highway 1. It is painted a bright yellow with green and red trim, giving it tons of character and charm….you can’t miss it! The new porch features plenty of picnic tables that surround a beautiful, mammoth oak tree. It was quite cool. We opted to sit outside. We attended one of Office Divvy’s Entrepreneur Nights there a few months back and the setting was perfect for the outdoor event.
My family and I are spoiled living in Flagler Beach where half the restaurants we choose have views of the ocean. At Terranova’s the view and noise of US 1 was a bit of a distraction, especially when someone’s car alarm went off across the street. But the charm of the restaurant was enough to distract us for the evening.
Kestrel and “Thing Two” chose stuffed shells. There were five smallish shells–not a huge portion, but the price was under seven dollars. I asked “Thing 2” what she thought and she said., “It’s okay”, clearly not in love. My fifteen year old concurred. He let me have a taste and I was surprised by how bland they were, clearly lacking something. Garlic? Salt? Herbs and spices?
Shawn liked his ham and cheese calzone, but wasn’t jumping up and down about it either. He pointed out that it lacked meat.
My son’s friend tried the ravioli Her reaction was much like everyone else’s: didn’t hate it, but wasn’t in love either.
I ordered the sausage stromboli. There was plenty of meat blended together with lots of mozzarella. The taste was great, but the marinara, was just okay, lacking any depth of flavor, while the salad I ordered was pale and uninspired, the balsamic dressing disappointing.
“Thing One” got the pizza (you’ll soon see that he orders that most places we go). The pizza didn’t make him go “yuck” so that’s good enough for me. The slice I tried was tasty, but not memorable.
Overall, none of us ordered anything that we disliked. It was all good…but just that. Decent, but not amazing.
Would we go there again? I could see stopping in there again for dinner with the family, but I don’t think I’d make this a date place. A fun, decent place for the family, but not quite high end Italian.
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