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Posted by Tuffy on 11/24/2012
The most overrated restaurant ever. Too pricy and way, way too salty. All the dish we ordered were either too buttery or too salty, and on top of it, the service was very poor with an attitude.
Posted by Italian fan on 01/30/2011
The place is cramped. There is little space between courses. The portions are small. The food doesn't have much taste.
Posted by SMH on 04/03/2010
I just had a great dinner here. It was my first time at Alloro and I was really impressed. The staff was so friendly, they let me and my buddy take 2 tables so we would have more room. We ordered the cheese plate as a starter and then split a salad, a pasta and an entre. The restaurant split and plated all the dishes for us. All the food was great. We brought our own wine and for a reasonable $20 corkage they gave us Rediel glasses. We finished with a Pineapple Granata, Coconut foam dessert.
Posted by John on 01/11/2010
I am always being dragged to the next “adorable” place by my girlfriend and in the name of peace I go along quietly, and this time I was pleasantly surprised. It was busy so we sat at the bar, which is my favorite spot anyway, and had a great meal while being entertained by the Aussie bartender. She was knowledgable , funny, makes a mean martini, and guided us through the menu and wine list which was a great help to me. I started with a half order of the stuffed ravioli with meatballs in a tomato based sauce which was certainly better than my mum used to make, and followed it up with wild boar, something I have never tried before and thought was great. My girlfriend had the air dried pork sausage with salad and Lambrusco sorbet ( never even heard of Lambrusco but it is a bubbly wine from Italy) and then the lamb chops with a dried flower crust. By dessert I was starting to enjoy the crazy combinations from the chef, so we shared the Gorgonzola cheese with white chocolate and candies black olives, and the dark chocolate soufflé, both of which were fantastic We eat out a lot and I would definitely go back to Alloro. Even though the bar is tiny I will sit there again, I liked the feeling of being in the middle of all the action as you can see the food coming out of the kitchen which is a big plus. It was a great night and a great meal.
Posted by Jennifer on 01/09/2010
Tired of the old Italian fare, then try Alloro. This restaurant's menu can be summed up by looking at the Eggplant Parmesan both Traditional and Revisited. On one side of the plate is a delightful timbale of Eggplant while on the other side is a reworking of the same ingredients into a cold, mousse like texture over a bed of pesto. Every dish on the menu has been carefully crafted to blend exotic ingredients, unusual textures and artful presentation. We started with the Eggplant Parmesan and Spicey cannelloni beans with Grilled Rosemary shrimp, definitely the best I have had in a long time. My friend had the Duck Ragu Rigatoni with Juniper and Orange which was sensational, and I had the Salmon cubes on a bed of pureed Artichoke. We agreed that this chef is with out a doubt someone worth following and watching. For dessert we had the Granita, a light and refreshing orange ice with ricotta icecream and pistachio foam which sounded interesting but we could not decide how it would work. Trust me it did. Add in the adorable decor and friendly staff and this is a restaurant worth a following.
Posted by Rachael on 01/06/2010
My boyfriend and I dined there last night and had the most innovative meal I have had in ages. During a national campaign against obesity I cannot fathom the complaints about the portions. The dishes contain rich ingredients blended with complexity, and unless you want to end up on The Biggest Loser, the portions of each were perfect. We started with a selection of 3 meats and cheeses, then split a fettucini with pumpkin and goat cheese foam and sliced truffles which was to die for, then for our main courses I had the black cod with a saffron sauce which I can only rave about, and my boyfriend had the dried flower crusted lamb chops which he wants again tonight. We finished the meal with the chocolate souffle and the staff brought us some Lemoncello with coffee, and nice touch and makes you feel like you are truly in Italy. If you are looking for family style portions with doggie bags to take home then go to Little Italy. This place understands food, flavours and portions. I would recommend this place to anyone with eager to not have "chicken parmesan with a side of spaghetti".
Posted by harket on 12/06/2009
I was really disappointed with my recent dinner at Alloro. It was my first time there and I had read good things. My reservation was for 8 but apparently they overbook as the open floorspace of the restaurant was filled with other diners with reservations who had yet to be seated. At 8:30 the hostess offered complimentary glasses of wine to prevent civil unrest and my party of two was finally seated at 8:40. At that point I thought I'd be able to unwind and relax (despite many of the waiting guests standing immediately behind me). However, exactly six minutes after ordering entrees (and two after the bread was brought to the table), the entrees were served. I have never felt quite as rushed in my time dining in NY. I won't be returning.