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Posted by ny native (now in va.) on 09/02/2009
Had a great dinner here about two years ago and it was great...so we went back this time and were disappointed .Our waitress was not on her game(took the order and brought the check) and the food was very average.It is obvious they are cutting corners.Bread was cold and not up to standards for NYC Italian. Salads were brought with the appy and we asked for them to be served with entrees.Entrees came and salad followed (10 minutes later).Roasted peppers appy were right out of a jar(5-6 peppers buried in lettuce??).Caeser Salads were puny and had about two croutons apiece.Pasta dished out cafeteria style,not very inspired.They are off the list.It was also a bit annoying to have the owner sitting about 3 feet from us and watching for most of the meal.Off the list for next visit..sorry.
Posted by Karen on 06/30/2009
They have the best chicken marsala around. I live in the neighborhood and have tried the marsala in many places. They by far have the best. Great Sangria as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/11/2009
A business colleague and I were looking for an Italian restaurant in the area. While browsing the menu outside the restaurant, a little Italian lady insisted that we come inside for dinner. I was a bit hesitant but once we were seated, I am glad that we decided to stay. The entire dining experience was a definite highlight of our stay in New York. The food was great--the service was fantastic--and we even got chatting with several of the usual people that frequent the restaurant. Although "Momma" drug us in the first time, we came back a couple of nights later on our own accord because we loved this place so much.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2009
My friend and I went to the restaurant, and had to sit on an uncomfortable stool meant for 1 person, for a good 15 minutes before we got a table. The manager even made us order our food ahead of time while we waited, which was so uncomfortable and unprofessional. When we finally sat down, we waited. And waited. And waited. The waitress NEVER came to our table...except to bring us our check (and say "thanks" without even looking at us)! To get drinks and to request a check, we kept having to flag over the manager. The only person who served us all night was the busboy. We called over the manager again to ask if we could give the tip to the busboy, since he was the only one who actually served us. He replied "We don't do that here." So we paid without leaving a tip. I was so disgusted with 1) the service, and 2) the manager's unaccommodating attitude, that it ruined my dinner. It's too bad, because the chicken marsala was actually the best I've ever had (sweet and delicious with perfectly sized mushrooms). The bread at the table was mediocre at best though. If you care at all about good service, I would avoid this place.
Posted by anonymous on 03/24/2009
We were having a lovely dinner at 44 Southwest, the food was great, the wine was good and affordable, the service was lovely and fast, and all was well. Until this tiny older Italian woman started swearing and yelling at our server in the middle of the place! The poor server had to stand there and take it numerous times in front of her co-workers and customers, while she had been doing a great job. As a former server many years ago, I had a hard time not saying something, and the experience totally ruined an otherwise great dinner. It made me never want to go back to this place, which is a pity, because the food was so good.
Posted by Frequent Flyer on 03/06/2009
Working in Midtown Manhattan, I've been a regular customer for 4 years. Their lunch specials are top-notch and extremely reasonable, especially considering the generous portions and delicious bread. Dinner can be crowded at times, especially on Friday nights, but is definately worth the wait.
Posted by City Regular on 02/18/2009
Surprised by the negative reviews - i've eaten here many times and have taken many friends here- everyone loves it. Its not your run of the mill theater district rip off place. The food is always good, always fresh, not expensive, and I've never had a problem with the service. It is small and sometimes gets crowded, but hey, this is NYC!