When an old friend makes some changes, real changes, you just have to check ’em out for yourself. So when I kept hearing that the fastest Italian place in Fort Dodge had made some big changes, I had to go check it out for myself.
My dining companion and I arrived for a late afternoon dinner, and we weren’t sure what to expect with the first of the four major changes made at Fazoli’s in recent months. “Table Service” is a big component of the changes made to make the restaurant feel less like “fast food.” Orders are still placed up front, but now diners can simply go to their table and wait for the food to be delivered, rather than having to make a second trip up to the counter and juggling a tray full of hot, fresh food.
Ordering up front preserves the fast service standard, while the new table services adds a relaxing element that compliments the Italian dining experience.
Two other major changes go hand in hand with the replacement of fast food cutlery with real plates and real silverware. These may seem like small changes, but it’s the details that always make a difference. It’s the way we dine at home (well, most of the time) and it adds to the overall presentation and dining experience.
Besides, with entrees such as the hearty pastas and fresh salads, it takes a real plate and a real fork to stand up to food like this.
Other changes include new menu items and a new look, but rest assured that all the old favorites — including those wonderful, hot breadsticks – are all still here.
After much deliberation, I finally opted for the smoked turkey basil on flatbread. The fresh lettuce and tomatoes were topped with a wonderful creamy, basil mayonnaise, plus cheese, and an Italian dressing with just the right hint of kicking it all up with some zest.
My dining companion, looking for a heartier meal, chose the baked spaghetti and meatballs, a generous serving of pasta, meatballs, and sauce loaded with both provolone and mozzarella cheeses baked to a golden perfection on top.
Details matter, and the new attention to detail at Fazoli’s made our dining experience all the better, and the all more enjoyable.Fazoli’s 2908 Fifth Ave. South. (515)576.3098 Hours: 10:30a.m.- 10p.m. Daily