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Posted by Rico on 02/17/2010
Check out the reviews of this place anywhere (Yelp, Citysearch, Google), and you will notice people either love this place or hate it. The reason is that if you are lucky, the food is great. If you aren't, the food is subpar and the service even worse. Unfortunately, I was one of the unlucky ones. My meal and overall dining experience was so bad that it prompted me to write this review (my first). The meat was overcooked, the pasta was cold, and the staff was generally indifferent. At a lower price point these I would have shrugged, but at an expensive restaurant like this, it is inexcusable. Would not recommend.
Posted by Patti on 02/13/2010
We had high hopes for this popular restaurant. Granted, the quality bread served with ricotta splashed with top notch olive oil and spices was a welcome start. We ordered two pastas. One was quite nice, one almost inedible. The cheese agnoletti with sage brown butter sauce was light, tasty and filling, the whole wheat pappardelle with duck ragu was not rolled/cut thin enough making it chewy and tasteless. The duck ragu was pleasant enough until I got a taste of liver which overpowered the palate and ruined the dish. I commend the attempt to introduce the wildly popular whole wheat pasta idea, but, if it isn't exceptional, it should not be on the menu. We passed on the doughnuts with chocolate sauce since we hoped to find beignets at Bouchon nearby, (didn't!) they were obviously savored by our next table over mates. I say, hit or miss menu. Not on our must return list.
Posted by Nicole on 02/02/2010
Love this place.
Posted by anonymous on 01/02/2010
We went to A voce for new eve and the food was not bad but fake The pasta really untasty and my entree was a fish inside water sauce unbelievable The only good thing was the bread and the appetizers offer and also the pumpkin cake I never go back ....
Posted by Mark W on 12/10/2009
I travel to NY quite often and consider myself well versed in the NY Restaurant scene. So when the bellman at my hotel recommended this place I did not go with great expectations. What I found was one of the better (if not best) new age Italian Restaurants that I have found in quite some time. The decor is trendy but with a warmth that most contemporary designs lack. We had no reservation, and the place was full, but the host was more than welcoming and found us a table shortly. The wine list is fantastic and has more Brunello's than you would typically find. The Somelier was very gracious and knowledgable and helped us explore a new (and well priced) Sangiovese. The service was attentive. But the best part was the food. Our small group decided to try a wide range of items and have them served family style so we could taste everything from the trout to the chicken liver ravioli. And everything was amazing. Not only was the food great but the portions were more than expected. I highly recommend you try a trio of cheeses at the end of the meal. They have a vary unique pairing of cheeses and sweets. I highly recommend this to anyone that appreciates Italian food with a flair.
Posted by cazzopronto on 10/24/2009
I went back with my friend rocket to Avoce only because the short blondie manager left. We had a decent night, same food, ricotta, cassoncini, raviolini.. sounds like Shamwow.. The big lady chef wasnt there, they said she is running Avoce Columbus. I was happy that they were busy again, i heard that they had problems with tipping but looks like they fix it, so the staff and the restaurant work well and the customers are happy. Keep the good work Avoce thank you, and rocket..
Posted by CattK on 10/17/2009
I had made reservations for a party of 10 at 7:30pm. First two guests in my party checked in at 7:35 and the rest of us ten minutes later at 7:45. At that time I was told it would be a few minutes. Then a very pushy man came outside and forced us to sit outside and drink as it would be 40 min. until we could be seated. I was very upset (especially because I told him we didn't want to drink), but nevertheless, we waited. An hour and 45 minutes, we were still NOT SEATED, and I went inside to find out what was going on. What happened is that they never really has a table for us, and that they lied to us for almost 2 hours saying that we would be seated soon. After close to two hours or waiting and still NO TABLE, we decided to leave and get burgers because we were famished (oh yeah, and no one came out to check on us, offer us appetizers and/or apologize. Our dinner bill would have easily been over $1000, but the people at A VOCE have zero courtesy, business savvy or common courtesy. SAVE YOUR MONEY AND SPEND IT SOME PLACE THAT EARNS IT.