Sette 

Dining Description:  Light Italian fare in a quaint, comfortable setting. Homemade pasta, seafood, veal, chicken, and beef dishes. Sizable wine list.

User Rating:  ★★★★★ ★★★★★ by 3 Users

Hours:  Lunch (Mon.-Fri.) and Dinner (Mon.-Sat.). Closed Sun.

Price:  $$$, $$$

Features:  Menu

Dining Features:  Lunch, Dinner, Parking, Non-Smoking

Neighborhood:  Mt. Pleasant

Reviews / Comments (11)

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I have been 3 times and everything i have ever ordered, from entrees to specials, is truly amazing and very affordable. Great wait staff and half-priced wine monday-thursday. I will go back again and again

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Posted by clay on November 6, 2008 at 11:57 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

The quality of the bread foreshadowed the quality of the meal: it left a lot to be desired. The bread was mushy, with no discernible crust and a dense interior. The mussels' white wine broth was much too sweet and lacked some needed acidity. The tomato basil sauce in the linguine and meatballs tasted like it was straight from a Ragu jar. I expected more as I have had fantastic meals at Uno Mas, another Dine with Sal establishment. Pass on this restaurant: this is not real Italian.

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Posted by jessicabcd on March 3, 2010 at 2:50 AM

I must admit that I had some trepidation about having dinner at the Italian restaurant, Sette on Coleman Boulevard. I had eaten at The Boulevard Diner, also owned by “Sal”. Although the food was OK the food handling was awful, and having Food Safety and Quality Assurance as a responsibility of mine at my last position, it was very concerning to me.

But, many people in our neighborhood spoke so highly of Sette that we had to give it a try. Plus an entrepreneur (Bradford) and two of his colleagues left Sette after many years to open Graze in the Whole Foods Plaza, which is a huge success. We thought that his legacy may have lived on.

Make no bones about it; Sette is a former Pizza Hut. Other than putting a chandelier in the center of the room, it’s still a Pizza Hut. Not that it’s a bad thing, but the décor is somewhat cold.

We were quickly seated at a two top that was part of a long, hard, wooden, pew-like setting. Although there was a cushion, all I could think of was the misery when I had been stranded at the 30th Street Train Station in Philadelphia – so uncomfortable.

Once seated a 2’ x 3’ blackboard was propped up next to us on a chair displaying the 6 specials. An awkward way to do this, but it seemed to work. Our server, Alexa, never spoke of the specials but was efficient nonetheless. We were quickly served a light olive oil and in-house baked bread that was really very good. I thought that we were off to a wonderful start.

As we perused the menu we decided to order an entrée and to split a Caesar salad. I am a big fan of veal dishes and find that Italian restaurants usually prepare them very well. Alexa approached the table to take our order. We ordered the Caesar salad and then I began to inquire about the veal dishes. She immediately told us that she would not recommend the veal and that “of all the dishes they serve, veal gets the most complaints.” “It’s just not good,” she continued. “It’s tough and I would not order it.”

I applauded her candor. But thought if this is how the staff is feeling, why isn’t something done to change this?

My husband landed on the Pine Nut encrusted chicken (one of Alexa’s favorites), and I chose the Seafood Fettuccini. We waited a brief time before our salads were served and watched as the small restaurant began to fill up.

Our salad had been split for us on to two small plates, which was nice. We asked if the restaurant had anchovies, they did not. However, we were assured that the dressing had anchovies in it and was very tasty.

My first bite of the salad was disappointing as it was very bland. And, although the lighting was dim we began to notice that most of the lettuce was brown, and that most of it wasn’t the leaves but rather the “core” of the lettuce. We gave the salads back to Alexa.

If you think about it, a lot has to happen before our salads hit our table. First, someone had to either get the portion of Romaine, or portion the Romaine. Then they had to toss the Romaine in dressing, split the portion on the two dishes and add croutons and freshly grated cheese. Since the kitchen was well lit I found it very hard to believe that the quality of the Romaine went unnoticed. Is this what they always serve it? Bleech.

Our entrees were a mixed bag. My Seafood Fettuccini was hot, spicy and flavorful. No complaints on my end. But the Pine Nut Encrusted Chicken was a different story. If you’ve been reading along you know that I’m usually the one that has food envy when we go out. Without fail I always seem to pick the wrong thing off the menu. Tonight I definitely got the better meal for a change.

The “Balsamic reduction” was hardly reduced. The dish looked like two large chicken breasts sitting in an oil change. And unfortunately, its flavor also faltered. There was not a pine nut to be seen. The “crust” of the chicken was gummy and the procciuto was rubbery. The mashed potatoes and asparagus (all three stalks) were so infused with balsamic vinegar that they, and the entire dish, was almost inedible.

Again, someone on the expediter’s station saw this dish that looked that bad and decided to serve it to us.

It answered my question as to whether I would ever dine at Sette or “Sal’s” 6 other restaurants again, and the answer is no. We stopped at Harris Teeter on the way home so my husband could get something to eat. And after my “bench detail” at the table I felt like I was in need of a chiropractor. This is a restaurant to skip.

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Posted by susieg on March 12, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Go early. Have a great meal. Leave. Go back again and again.

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Posted by Guy on January 22, 2009 at 8:06 PM

Pretty good food, but the Pizza Hut atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired. Leave this place for the tourists with lots of kids.

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Posted by lena55 on January 12, 2009 at 10:53 PM

Pretty good food, but the Pizza Hut atmosphere leaves a little to be desired.

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Posted by lena55 on January 12, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Ate there a few months ago, but from what I remember it was very good. Reasonably priced and good food. Nice selection of entrees...and desserts. Service was good. Probably can get a little crowded and noisy with a full house. Highly recommend.

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Posted by Moonbird on January 24, 2007 at 10:17 AM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I ordered a special that they had that included vegetables and scallops--my favorite. The dish portion was huge (gave me three meals for the price of one), and quite delicious. However, I did have to wait for a while because the first dish I received wasn't the one I'd originally ordered. Honest mistake, and the manager made sure that I was fine with everything, so the service was great as well.

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Posted by mecross on December 11, 2010 at 7:07 PM
★★★★★ ★★★★★

I took my sweetie here for our wedding anniversary on Tuesday. We were very pleased. I had the veal special with pasta; she had the chicken piccatta. Her only complaint was that it was a tad heavy on the capers. We will definitely return.

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Posted by zigzag on October 8, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Kudos for a vegetarian-friendly good dining option.

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Posted by blue jean on December 6, 2009 at 4:46 PM

B: I'm not going to say this is the "best" restaurant in town, however one might judge that, but it is my favorite. The spaghetti bolognese is so incredibly simple, and yet one of the most sublime dishes at any restaurant in town. The perfectly made tomato base, with a generous compliment of rosemary, makes this dish more than one would ever guess from reading the menu description. The pork osso bucco is my latest discovery on the menu. Come hungry, because the sauce assures the waitress will have to pry the plate from your hands. Of course, this assumes you manage to order off the menu, a difficult feat given the tempting and daily changing specials board (typically K's favorite option).

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Posted by K and B on December 16, 2007 at 5:21 PM
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