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Posted by Pete S. on 11/28/2007
My friends and I really enjoyed the experience of this place. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for an extraordinary experience. I had the Black Spaghetti with Rock Shrimp I really enjoyed it. I also tried the Papperdle Bolognese, it was very good. Try this place you will love it.
Posted by B on 11/18/2007
I ordered the steamed cockles (good but not all shells were opened), lobster spaghettini (the lobster chunks were almost too big to eat, the pasta was decent) and shared a warm brioche with concord grapes and honey for dessert, which was a little too dense and moist. The portions are bigger than they need to be, which makes it hard to try multiple things. Service was okay but they cleared plates when they shouldn't, and didn't clear plates when they should. We waited a while for our check and then were overchanged, however the GM noticed this and fixed the error. Our waitress seemed less than enthused to be there and was bad about checking back with tables and didn't seem to enjoy helping people decide on dishes. I probably won't be back, simply because i can get an equal value of food for less money elsewhere.
Posted by Cara Moore on 10/24/2007
Had an excellent meal last night with a couple of friends: spaghetti nero with rock shrimp and some kind of salami, wild striped bass, steak, grilled octopus, sardines, apple crostini for dessert. However the service, while friendly, was definitely neglectful upstairs at primetime. Drinks came slowly, and waiters were tied up with larger tables. Also, our vegetable (rapini) came well after the main courses were served, basically too late. They should have offered to take it off the bill. That said, the food was memorable, and my friends loved the atmosphere, even in the quieter upstairs room.
Posted by AnneKen on 10/22/2007
We got a last minute reservation last night (Sunday) for 10:45pm and decided to jump on it. I called Sunday at about noon. We arrived at 10 in the hope that it might be a bit quiet on a Sunday night, but there were people literally pouring out the door waiting for their tables. We left for a walk and came back at 10:45pm. We had a 10 minute wait at the bar, had two lovely proseccos (standing behind the filled bar stools) and then we were seated upstairs, as we had requested, at a lovely corner table. We ordered two pastas and two main courses, basically taking note of a review that mentioned that the portions were small. The portions were actually huge for us and I could not finish at least half my food, although everything was sublime. We started with the wild boar pappardella and beef cheeks and then had the rabbit and braised beef. Everything was gorgeous. Service is good, although a bit wild and at least 5 different people will visit your table. We detected no snootiness from anybody and the sommelier was gracious, kind and helpful as were all the staff from the hosts, to the bartender to the waiters. All very normal and very very nice people. My husband could not get over the music choices, and when Michael Jackson tracks came on he just said "ok, they have gone too far" - the music was his only complaint, he just kept asking "WHY" We came to the decision that it obviously works for the restaurant, so who were we to judge! The place is packed constantly. It kind of feels like you are listening to the music that they have on in the kitchen. For 2 glasses of prosecco, 2 pastas, 2 main entrees, 1 dessert (which was the weakest thing imo), two espressos and a $60 bottle of delicious wine the total bill came to $225.00. We thought it was well worth it, although of course a little expensive. We would go back in a heartbeat, loved it. Oh yes, do not forget to ask for the olive oil when they bring your bread. Its a lovely fruity one.
Posted by HUGE Babbo fan on 09/19/2007
All I have to day is get the PORK CHOP! it is reduced in a balsamic vinagrette and tastes absolutely delicious! I love this restaurant. Cons: impossible to get a reservation.
Posted by Disappointment on 09/10/2007
Went to Babbo on Fri night with my girlfriend and another couple. Had 10:30 reservations and we were seated right away. I must say the atmosphere is nice & fun and the service is great, but when it came to the food, it was a major disappointment. I went here with extremely high expectations based on menupages reviews and that of other friends. The food was nothing we couldn't get at any neighborhood restaurant. We started with the Cockles and Caprese. The cockles were nothing special. The Caprese was good, but once again nothing you couldn't get a neighborhood place. The parpadelle bolognese was very good. We each had four diffenent entrees. I had the Veal Loin special, other entrees ordered were the Crispy Trout, Braised Beef and 2minute calamari. Each of us was disappointed with the dishes. My veal was over cooked and chewy. The trout was nothing special. I just don't understand how this place gets such incredible reviews, when the food is sub par. Better places for your money.
Posted by Jan and Kelly on 08/28/2007
After reading some rather harsh reviews about this restaurant, my Mom and I almost cancelled our reservation in fear of disappointment. But we decided to be courageous, and we were so glad! The ambiance was relaxing and totally unpretentious; the food was delicious, and we highly recommend the beet salad and the bone-in ribeye for two; the cocktails were inventive, such as the blood orange cosmo; and the service was impeccable. Our waiter was obviously knowledgeable about the menu. The ricotta cheesecake was also fantastic, as were the lattes. We can't wait to return to this restaurant. The people who have reviewed this restaurant negatively must have had a different set of expectations--you can't walk into a high-end restaurant wearing jean shorts and sneakers, and expect to get a plate for spaghetti for 10 bucks. Every bite of this meal was worth every dollar spent.