I wasn’t expecting much entering Santino’s in Alton, and that’s exactly what I got: not much.
I’m not referring to the portion sizes, which were reasonable for an average Italian restaurant in the U.S. Instead, I was unimpressed with the overall quality of the food.
I ordered Santino’s Linguine. It didn’t look bad, as an average plate of linguine with a nice little garnish around it.
To start with the positives, I liked the flavor of the dish generally. The sausage and bell peppers I particularly enjoyed. The former was rich and well-seasoned and the latter had a nice, fresh taste to it.
However, the texture of the dish wasn’t great, bordering on unpleasant at times. For starters, the oil-based sauce was very watery. The red peppers, though flavorful, had a odd mushy texture, as if they had been kept suspended in liquid for just a little too long.
Overall, it was okay, but I doubt I’m going back.
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