Another diner, Ponzio’s, located in Cherry Hill has caught my eye several times. I never really want to drive 45 minutes to eat when I can find something really good within 15 minutes. I work relatively close to Ponzio’s and a lot of my coworkers had recommended it. Apparently Ponzio’s have been around for a while and if it’s a diner, I will try it.
Atmosphere: (outside A, inside C)
The outside is big and located on a round about in Cherry Hill. When you drive by you think it must be good. (Another case of judging a restaurant by it’s outside). The inside is seperated into several sections with several different rooms and host tables. It’s honestly a little bit confusing. Which room or hostest table do we go to? The mystery is still there…There are two or three host tables and I’m not even sure we chose the right one. We chose the side that looks most like a diner.
I requested for a coffee with whipped cream and got…coffee with whipped cream. The server was super attentive and refilled my cup (also asking if I wanted whipped cream). The coffee at Ponzios was delicious and the whipped cream was good too. I have no complaints about the coffee.
Ponzios has a huge menu as most diners do. They have everything you would expect at a diner: Seafood, steak, Greek delights, breakfast and of course a bakery.
I ordered the Violetta salad with a salmon topper. I had been craving salmon all day so I was excited they had it. However, I was underwealmed with the salad for two reasons. The salad contained canned pears. I expected to have fresh pairs versus canned (still with syrup/liquid).
The second reason Pozio’s salad underwhelmed me was the $6 salad topper was clearly a frozen piece of fish and then heated back up. I am rather postive I could go to the local Acme and get a frozen bag of salmon for $6. When I order a salmon topper (or chicken, steak, or any sort of meat), I don’t exepect a 2 oz piece of still partially frozen meat.
This has been the most disapointing main course of any diner so far. (Don’t let the photo fool you)
We ordered red velvet cake, ice cream and a mini toffee cheesecake. The toffee cheesecake was better than the red velvet cake. The red velvet cake was okay but nothing to write home about. I would go with one of their mini cheesecakes personally. I liked the mini cheesecake a lot.
For two meals, dessert and a beer it was 55. For the amount of food it was about average. The food quality was below par for a $55 meal.
Would I come back?
I haven’t decided. I was extremely disapointed with the Ponzio’s salad. If I am capable of making better food that is saying something (the point of going out to eat is cooking thing you can’t). If I go back, I won’t be ordering that salad. I’ll probably try something completely new like breakfast. However our server was one of the best and most attentive people I’ve had. If I do go back I’ll be writing a part 2.
Questions for you:
What is one thing you have trouble cooking and preparing?
For me it’s both omelets and salads. I think at least 75% of my food orders in restaurants are one of those because I can never prepare them very well. It’s easy to grill a piece of salmon and cook a baked potato…but create a delicious salad? I struggle.
Where was the best server or hostess you’ve had? Why?