A while ago my wife and I stopped by Panera for lunch. Unfortunately, the store was closed (utility problems). Fortunately, this meant that we got to try someplace new, and we walked across the sidewalk to Donato's.
Donato's is a franchise that serves "pizza, subs, and salads." But they also have things like wings, stromboli, and bread sticks.
After looking over the menu, I ordered a pepperoni stromboli at the register, while my wife decided to be healthy and ordered a pre-made salad. We took our seats and waited for my the food to arrive.
The interior of Donato's is clean, but very sterile. The longer we sat waiting for my food (about 10 minutes), the more uncomfortable we felt sitting there. It just wasn't a place that made you want to stay.
Once my food arrived, I took a bite -- HOT!!!!! This thing was prepared on-the-spot and then thrown in the oven. It was good, it was fresh, and EXTREMELY hot, since it just came out of the oven.
The stromboli was dense, and packed with cheese, sauce, and pepperoni. In fact it was so dense, I couldn't eat the whole thing -- it was just too much to try to ingest! Unfortunately, it was only about average -- sorta like the food you'd get from Sbarro's. It was good, it filled my grease craving, but it wasn't extraordinary. The sauce, cheese, meat, and crust were only OK.
My wife's salad was about average as well. Some of the lettuce was wilted, and there were few additional veggies in it. Again, OK, but not great.
Kid Friendly: Yes.
Conclusion: Average atmosphere, food, and service. Donato's will do in a pinch, but I won't find myself with a Donato's craving any time soon.
10109 Northcross Center Ct.