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Posted by selasor on 07/29/2008
I was looking for a place to meet a visiting friend staying on the upper east side. She wanted Italian, and although this fare would never be my choice for summer, I conceded to my guest's request. I'm very happy I did. As the UES is not my usual stomping ground, I found Alloro through TimeOut (It was first on the list and convenient to where she was staying). We asked our server for his recommendations, told him of what we were hoping for my one request was for nothing too heavy. He started us with an eggplant parmiggiana. It was delicious and remarkably delicate. I ordered the swordfish with a crust of spinach and lavender as a main, and my friend, the risotto with parmisan and cantaloupe. We were both delighted by the way the subtle tastes worked so well together. Our very charming server informed us that the light and fresh menu uses seasonal ingredients and would be changing throughout the year. I'll definitely make the trek back uptown the next time I'm craving delicious, authentic, Italian!
Posted by local on 07/25/2008
out of all the failed establishments that have been here in the past few years, this one seems the most promising. It's an awkward setup, but they made the best of it. Great owners and service, and so far delicious elegant food apart from the italian norm.
Posted by jf22jh on 07/22/2008
Place has been open for less than a month so give them time. Food is delicious, the back room has terrible acoustics and gets too loud, and I dont know about the "small portions" because they seemed appropriately sized to me (180 lb male). Innovative cuisine that is a change from the norm.
Posted by Gigi on 07/18/2008
A friend and I tried this place out based on it being in TONY. I had the lovely arugula pesto fusilli which was a nice change to the traditional basil pesto, which tends to be too oily. This dish was light and fragrant and savory especially with the parmesan foam, which gently guided it to a salty flavor. It was really a delicious dish. My friend had the fava chitarra pasta with langoustines and I tried it. It was another lovely blend of textures and flavors that was delightful. We finished off by having the spicy chocolate cake which was divine. Slightly spicy but not on fire spicy..just a bit to make you notice and scrumptiously complex chocolate. I highly recommend it based on these dishes and I can't wait to go back and order a number of other dishes that looked so tempting.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/13/2008
This restaurant is a welcome addition to the Upper East Side. It's small and quaint with very interesting decor. The service was mostly good, with a few trip-ups that can be attributed to the newness of the restaurant. The food was fresh and delicious, though some of the pasta dishes were small. The appetizers were particularly delicious - the fresh cheeses and meats were a delight, the spinach salad was fresh and delicious and the bufala mozzarella with basil sorbet was an innovative twist on a classic. I would recommend this restaurant with one warning - stay away from the fried spaghetti. That's the one "innovation" on the menu that was far less than worthy. All in all, I would highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you'd like to experience innovative twists on Italian classics.
Posted by Dissapointed on 07/12/2008
I took my husband here based on the buzz of Scarpetta. We had not been to that restaurant (Strike 1, I know) but on the recommendations of that eatery from friends we decided to try this place out. When we got to the restaurant we both were unsure about eating there due to its unusual storefront/decor. It seems as if they renovated an old Chinese food space/clothing storefront, which accounts for the large glass windows that run from the floor to the top of the space. The interior while in pictures looks cute in a shabby chic kind of manner on the internet, (Strike 2, picking a restaurant on photos of decor), it looks garish and cheap in person. Still we trudged on and decided to give the food ago. Our server gave us a semi frozen bottle of Pelligrino and didn't offer to exchange it until it became quite clear that it was not going to melt. The wine I ordered was not good for the price, and I was shocked due to the price as well as the variety of the wine. After it opened a bit it was drinkable, and I know I maybe should have said something but I didn't think another bottle would fix the problem. Now for the food. Apparently the chef has designed the menu with the thought in mind that for 2 you should order 2 appetizers, 2 mains, and one pasta in order to be full. Now I am not one to scoff at small portions as that is the riga ma roll for fine dining, but this was certainly a bit ludicrous. The food however was tasty if maybe not worth the price. Strike 3 for this place was the fact that the chef kept coming out and serving food as well as just sizing up the dining room. This made me really uncomfortable as I do not enjoy being analyzed as I ate. Furthermore, they seemed to be a bit put off by my husband and I's ages. We are a young couple, which I would think would be vital to a restaurant's success. This establishment, however, seems to enjoy catering to the geriatric set, and this is by no means an exaggeration. They were literally fawning all over every elderly woman in the restaurant.