Among the Pier’s big-meal, big-ticket, big-show eateries is a quick, quiet place—and a pretty one, too—to take a short break from big dining. Atop the bejeweled winding stairwell, Piazza di Giorgio, with its pale, robin’s-egg-blue walls and sparkling crystal chandeliers, is a posh mini-cafeteria—with an ocean view. The fare here ranges from haute junky—a fancy cheesesteak stand, endless bars of Swiss chocolate—to nearly high-brow—a chef-run noodle bar and a four-sided deli case stocked with fresh, ready-to-serve salads, pasta, and magazine-cover-worthy sandwiches. Need a mango/coconut-milk smoothie to wash down your tomato-mozzarella panini? Prego.
I have eaten at Georgio's at the pier for about a year. I usually get one of their exotic salads, either the Thai or Fantasy salad, that is packed with delicious ingredients. But, one preparer will skillfully choose all of the many ingredients, while another will blindly scoop up only what is convenient for them on the back of the case. In short, it's hit or miss as to whether you get all the ingredients...or not. Time after time, it's the stocky, blonde Russian woman preparer that misses more than hits the mark. Get one of the guys...they know how to build an excellent salad! Posted by Alfred: May. May 2nd, 2010 at 7:46 AM
I was staying in Atlantic City this weekend and playing poker at Caesar's. Wanting a quick meal, I decided against the usual overpriced casino fare and going to the local pizza place down the street or McDonald's. So I ventured over to the Pier to see if they had any quick inexpensive eats.
I saw what looked like a food court called Piazza Di Georgio and they had a 3 course meal special going for $8.95. The entire food court was just different stations of food offerings they had as they look like one of those delis with multiple food offerings you often find in malls.
Anyway, I looked at the food and everything looked pretty good. I decided to get the chicken parm for my main course that came with a thin capellini type side of spaghetti with some sort of cream sauce. I opted to have a little extra marinara on my parm and went with the caesar salad and dressing for my first course. I was given the option of fruit salad or various puddings for desert and went with a chocolate pudding.
As I dove into my caesar salad, I was greeted by a most pungent, noxious taste that I can only describe as bitter and disgusting. I figured maybe they made it themselves and had screwed up on the ratios today. I ate a little and decided to bight my tongue as the pasta and chicken parm looked quite good.
As I took a bite of the chicken parm, I was greeted by the most awful marinara sauce I've ever encountered in my life. The breaded chicken breast cutlet however was quite good and I brushed off the marinara and ate it as such. The pasta proved to be bland and tasteless and looked much better than it tasted.
The garlic bread provided was subpar and could have used more seasoning and flavor.
The chocolate pudding I chose for desert proved to be the coup de grace in there litany of food follies. It was too watery in consistency and I tossed it after two small spoonfuls as I gave up.
Do not eat here. It is one of the worse meals I've had in a long time and I love food and am not that picky. Posted by Fred: Dec. December 15th, 2009 at 5:26 PM