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Posted by DaJoSee on 05/07/2015
Visited Academia Barilla on Bryant Park today for lunch and ordered the spaghetti and the lasagne. They messed up the take-out order but there were only seven people behind the counter, so that is fixable with proper training. The atmosphere is what you might expect a fast food restaurant in a posh neighborhood to look like, clean yet generic. The spaghetti was not good, it was undercooked in a watery flavorless sauce. The lasagne was creamy, but lacked all the flavors you hope to get from fresh noodles, cheese, meat, and oil. Both dishes reminded me of airline food and it was served in tiny plastic dishes that also resemble airline food. For $12 per tiny dish I would have preferred either a more generous portion or some good Italian cuisine. Overall it was not awful for a airline terminal or eating on an airplane, but for the Big Apple, competing against world class Italian food served all over the five boroughs, this is not good at all.