Tuscany Gardens Restaurant Review in Penn Valley, California

by on January 9th, 2010
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Penn Valley is situated in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra-Nevada mountains. If you are visiting Penn Valley, you will have your pick of gourmet restaurants right at your fingertips. Tuscany Gardens offers a variety of Italian-inspired meals to whet you appetite.

Location of Tuscany Gardens

Tuscany Gardens is located at 11370 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, California, 95946, within the Wildwood Centre. The telephone number is (530) 432-2498. There is another location at 491 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, California, 95945. The telephone number is (530) 271-1300.

When you Fancy an Italian

When you fancy an Italian, a good place to begin is with a sound recommendation from friends or family who have rave reviews to share with you. That is how my husband and I found out about Tuscany Gardens. Before we started a house/ pet sitting job in Penn Valley, some friends of ours told us of a great Italian restaurant that they normally frequent.

Appetizers

Tuscany Gardens in Penn Valley offers breakfast, lunch and dinner to hungry diners. But if you are ordering from the takeaway menu, you can only order lunch (from 11:00am onwards) or dinner (after 4:00pm). Appetizers include bruschetta antipasti, garlic cheese bread, and homemade soups, ranging in price from $4.95-$13.95, depending on your appetite.

Specialty Salads

If you are more interested in a specialty salad from Tuscany Gardens, you have a wide range to choose from. Choose from a caesar salad, to Greek salad or Polynesian salad. Salads cost anywhere from $6.95-$18.95. All salads are served with freshly baked garlic breadsticks.

Mario’s Ultimate Sandwiches

Sandwiches include Mario’s ultimate original sandwich, which includes roast beef, turkey, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, avocado, balsamic vinaigrette and two kinds of white cheese, the vegetarian, the chicken club, and B.LT. Sandwiches start at $11.95 for a small, all the way up to $19.95 for some large sandwiches.

What Else is on Offer?

Tuscany Gardens also offers a range of calzones, all priced at $9.95, which comes with a a garden salad, pasta, such as classic lasagne, for $8.95 or $13.95 for a large or an item from the grill, such as baby back ribs, New York steak and grilled salmon.

Our Experience

We had heard great things about the restaurant and the lasagne especially, so my husband and I each ordered lasagne, which came with a side order of salad and two breadsticks. We called in our order, which was ready for pick-up the moment we arrived. The service was fast, friendly and professional. Although we received a generous portion of lasagne, we found that the sauce was far too rich. It was filling and tasty, but it was also salty. We paid $32.40 total for our meal, which we found a bit pricey for what we received.

Recommendation

Tuscany Gardens in Penn Valley offers a great variety of meals to suit all taste buds. But we found that the prices were too expensive, unless you bought a single order and divided it, and the food we ordered did not meet our expectations. We doubt whether we will return, and would not recommend this establishment.


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