A couple of years ago, I shared an italian meal with my son and wife at Osteria Prima in Burien where the food was good enough but the service was so uninspired and unwelcoming that I vowed never to eat there again. I haven’t. Now there appears to a new, absolutely worthless Italian place to avoid in Burien. \r
Filiberto’s service was uneven (bored hostess seemed burdened by our presence contrasted with an attentive and cheerful waitress). The real problem is the menu, which is ""family italian"" consisting of the standard red-checkered table-cloth fare (pizza, pasta, standard meat dishes) at highbrow, downtown Seattle prices. The pastas run $13.50 for alfredo to the low $20s. Meat dishes are low to high $20s. Pizza might be the only offering that has any value there.\r
Shocked by the pricing, my wife and I ordered a salad and a bruscheta plate to share, figuring we’d have a later meal elsewhere. The bruscheta was fine but the ensalata misto consisted of a plate of bleached iceberg lettuce with no color at all, three slices of supermarket salami, an olive, a quarter tomato, and single cube of feta cheese. Just a complete joke. \r
We salvaged the evening by walking over to Tin Room for their reliable dinner menu and quality drinks poured at the back bar. With at least two other family-italian restaurants within walking distance of the new Filibertos, each of which provides far better value, we never have to go to Filibertos again either. \r
Even the high brow Bistro Baffi a short drive away has better pricing for its authentically chef driven menu. And if you really want a fine italian dining experience without incongrouous pricing, Baffi is the best choice in the West Seattle, Burien, Highline area.\r
Pros: cheerful, energetic waitress
Cons: ridiculous pricing for ""family-italian""