Melo's Italian Ristorante- Indian Harbor Beach, FL. 2-Stars.
Richard Nixon once said, "it's the lie that always gets you." He knew because it was a lie that brought him down. You may ask what does this have to do with Melo's? Well, a lot. Not only did they attempt to deceive me, the following day when they found out I was the Big Boy they began to wage a campaign of disinformation among my friends in an attempt to dissuade me from publishing this review.
As always I ordered several items to taste an array of offerings. The main course I ordered was the Zuppa Di Pesce Luciano. It came with broccoli rabe in a white wine garlic sauce. I also ordered the Caesar salad with extra anchovies. Let me start with the positives. The Rabe was fantastic. It was cooked to perfection and it was seasoned admirably. The Caesar dressing was easily the best I have ever tasted. That's right, even better than Bern's.
So you may be wondering, with those glowing comments what went wrong. First and foremost all of the seafood was overcooked. I don't mean just a little. The lobster was so over-boiled it literally was like rubber. The fish was ductile to the point you could pick it up and flip it around without breaking. Finally, the mussels had been boiled so long there was zero flavor left. I should note these were not fresh mussels.
Finally, on to the lie. They were running a special. Two 3 oz Filet Mignon medallions. I requested they be prepared with blue cheese. When the steak arrived at the table I knew instantaneously it was not filet. It was not even low grade filet. It was sirloin, and not just sirloin but two 3oz sirloin breakfast steaks. Because the owners made such a fuss as a result of being caught in a lie, I decided to show the steaks to two local chefs. I did not tell either chef where I got them or what they were. Both chefs said the identical thing. They were breakfast sirloin steaks sold by Cheney Brothers and Sysco. If the owner had been honest with me and admitted the truth I may have given this 3 stars because the salad and broccoli rabe were excellent. What truly amazed me was the of the deception and the cabal like nature of their actions in circling the wagons. If you treat your customers like they are rubes ultimately it will come back to bite you in the rear end. Big Boy says stay away, far far far away