Eating at Adrianos proved to be an interesting dining experience for our family of five. We were visiting Cody, Wyoming and decided to give this eatery a try after perusing the menu during a walk down Sheridan Avenue earlier in the day.
Upon entering we were greeted at the door by a friendly host who appeared to be the owner. The front room contained several booths and the larger back dining room contained both booth and tables. The decor was fairly well appointed in a Mediterranean fashion with perhaps an overabundance of plastic plants and chandeliers. My daughters thought it all looked a bit cliche.
We were seated at a table promptly and the next thing we noted was that the other tables and booths were filled with diners, perhaps a good sign. We also observed that there appeared to be only 2 waitresses. A woman dressed in street clothes, perhaps the owners wife, appeared out of nowhere and tried her best to help the staff. Our waitress turned out to be very friendly and cheerful although she seemed harried by her workload. Our pitcher of ice water arrived without glasses and she zoomed away.
For appetizers we ordered the fired calamari with marinara sauce and the crab-stuffed mushrooms. Both of these are usually family favorites. They arrived from the kitchen in a timely fashion which both pleased and surprised us as we were apprehensive about service due to the scurrying and rush of the waitresses. The glasses for our ice water arrived shortly afterwards.
The calamari was presented in a very appetizing manner on a large warm platter with accompanying marinara sauce. These tidbits were fried to perfection with just a light batter crust and the proportion was generous. The marinara sauce was the best we ever tasted. But the overall consensus was that this dish lacked any real flavor. The taste was lackluster, kind of bland really. Some type, any type, of seasoning would have helped immensely.
On-the-other-hand the crab-stuffed mushrooms were near perfection. The taste, texture, and aroma were out of this world. sumptuously presented and served hot. They were generously stuffed and of appropriate size. Since there were five in our party and eight of these wonderful morsels we each enjoyed one and vied competitively for the remaining three.
My Italian martini was a bit unusual. It tasted vastly different from any martini I had ever tasted. Yet I expected this having ordered one for just that reason. I liked it but it will not become a favorite of mine. I would however recommend it as something appealing to anyone who is desirous of trying a martini with a twist. Pardon the pun.
The main course arrived also in a timely manner and warm from the kitchen. The seafood platter came with mussels, clams and shrimp and they all tasted good and fresh. The pasta and marinara sauce was well prepared and tasted great. In fact it was perhaps the best marinara sauce we have ever tried.
The fettuccine Alfredo was disappointing. The pasta was overcooked and bland. The white sauce was basically tasteless despite the big chunks of garlic it contained. Unfortunately we ordered two of these dishes.This overall taste was mushy, white sauced pasta with a heavy garlic aroma. It required a lot of salting.
The Greek salad was very enjoyable. It was well proportioned with fresh crisp lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, calimata olives, and pepperoncini. The meat was flavorful chicken. All this arrived in a large bowl and covered with an excellent tangy Greek dressing.
The final dish the Chicken Adriano and it proved to be the favorite of the night. The chicken was tender, well cooked and very tasty. The sauce was perfectly seasoned and prepared with a wonderful balance of garlic and other seasonings. The accompanying basket of bread was however dreadful. It was extremely dry and stale.
Dessert was a mirror image of this entire dining experience. There were high Hi’s and low Low’s. The tiramisu tasted fine. It was presented in a more cake-like form than we were accustomed to but it was enjoyable. On-the-other-hand the cannoli was disappointing. The crust was either over-cooked or poorly prepared as it was more than crunchy. A lot of force was needed to break into it and it simply cracked into pieces. The filling was drab and the whole thing was covered in un-appetizing unmelted chocolate chips.
This turned out to be a very unbalanced dining experience. The service was good and the ambiance o.k. Seeing the poor waitresses run to-and-fro was a bit unnerving. The food arrived warm and well presented yet was either a dead-on hit or a dead-on miss. The drinks were o.k. The bread horrible. A full dinner for five was a reasonable $125.00.
To sum it all up Adrianos Spaghetti Western Cuisine in Cody, Wyoming, had a nice menu, a cordial and willing somewhat understaffed waitstaff, fair prices and average food.
Would we eat there again? Possibly. if only to try the pizza which looked very tasty. Cody offers a wide variety of places to eat and we visit there often especially to visit The Buffalo Bill Historical Center.