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A Voce Madison
Posted by HW on 07/14/2006
The host and slow service (they thought we were tourists!) were quickly forgotten once the food arrived. Arugula with duck bresaola, figs and asagio was perfectly balanced--salty, sweet, peppery and earthy. Sublime! Our waiter DID make up for the delay with complimentary proscuitto and figs, which were lovely. Seafood salad with citrus and melon was also wonderful. Main course selections of tomato crusted grouper- perfectly cooked (and surprisingly amusing in terms of flavor) and beefy breast of duck were delicious. The dessert menu was the only culinary hitch of the evening. Chocolate nero cake with cherries was dry and disappointing so we focused on the well equipped scotch and port selections instead.
Posted by big eater on 06/22/2006
my family and i ate here last night and everything, from the food to the service, was amazing. so amazing that i'm actually taking the time to write this review. we went to town and ordered a whole bunch of different things and there was not one complaint on any of the dishes..my favorites included the fresh ricotta on delicious garlic bread, duck meatballs, octopus, sweatbreads, risotto with morels, the pork tenderloin, sea bass...and all the desserts...just go and taste for yourself!
Posted by Laura & Michael on 06/13/2006
My husband and I decided to give A Voce a whirl after reading the review in the NY Times. We were not disappointed in anyway, shape or form. We were seated promptly and were served by a charming, gracious and knowledgeable waiteR. We both savored the duck meatballs to start and went on to gnuccis and the pork tenderloins -- fabulous! We had the broccoli rabe and potatoes as side and both were perfectly prepared. Before we had the out of the world donuts, we shared a cheese tatsing plate -- wonderful. Everything about this place was top notch and it deserved every star!
Posted by Quincy on 05/29/2006
My wife and I had dinner at A Voce last week. We made reservations right after we read Frank Bruni's 3-star review in the NY Times. We were both disappointed. The food: We had Duck Meatballs Antipasto, Rigatoni Pugliese, Grilled Tonno Bianco, Grilled Pork Tenderloin, and the Tuscan doughnuts. Everything was good, but nothing was outstanding; no "yum" factor at all. In fact, if we were to go back (which we won't), we would not order any of the same items again. The atmosphere: Too noisy for a high end restaurant. Using the NY Times rating scale, I would give this place 2-stars at most.
Posted by The Henderson on 05/19/2006
After reading all the positive press, I was very excited to try A Voce. My expectations were further raised by my initial impressions. The place looked great, the service very attentive and professional, and the drinks were very generous. But then the food arrived, and I have to say I was very non-plussed. My duck and frois grass meatballs were overly sweet and not firm enough. My lamb-shank stuffed tortellini in a lemon cheese sauce was bitter tasting, almost to the point where it was sour. A tremendous disappointment given my high hopes for that dish. I returned with a friend just to have a drink at the bar and decided to give it one more shot, and boy am I glad I did. The truffled steak tartar with flakes of parmesan was fantastic, with the sharp taste of the cheese grounding the richness of the meat. Also quite good was the pasta carbonara dish, which came with thick slices of ham and green beans. It was not gooey or excessively creamy, with just the right amount of sauce coating the firm pasta. My companion’s fish dish, a grilled bianco, was tremendously fresh and clean tasting, with the natural sweetness of the fish coming through. The menu is a bit too uneven to earn given the high prices, but the hits are fantastic, and certainly worth trying, and the drinks are great too, as is the service.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/10/2006
My family and I went for an early Sunday evening dinner and we were blown away by the level of food at A Voce. I was expecting a good meal but the quality and presentation of the food was fantastic. We all agreed that this was probably the best new restaurant we've been to in a long time. Forget the hype around Buddhakan and Morimoto; this is the place to go if you want 4 star food at 3 star prices. I rate the food right up there with Del Posto but it's priced better. The only negative was the room. Way to industrial and it doesn't quite match the food being served. I can't wait to go back!
Posted by boulud regular on 05/05/2006
My family and I have been frequenting Cafe Boulud for years, so we were hoping to follow Carmellini to a new setting. I'm sorry to say we were disappointed. The ingredients used are very good- the buffalo mozzarella in the antipasti is the genuine stuff, and fantastic- but the preparations are pretty standard. The zucchini flower special appetizer, which came fried and stuffed with crab, was by far the most intriguing option, but the pappardelle with lamb ragu and ricotta could be had at any Italian joint in the city. Likewise, the Tiramisu is delicious, but nothing unique. The space is fun and casual, but as people have been saying, it's excessively loud. It was hard to have a conversation. Also, the service disappeared between the appetizers and main course. I think the night we went they must have been stretched thin. I would return to A Voce if it were 1) easy to get into, 2) in my neighborhood, or 3) a bit quieter, but as is, even though it's good, it's not good enough for me to go back.