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Posted by LE on 03/15/2008
I have to DISAGREE with all the past reviews - this place was great! The food was excellent - just the right amount and very flavorful. I had the gnocchi (which was better than most, even the ones I've had in Italy) as well as salad (which is small, yes - but to comment on a past review - it is suppose to be small, not passed around the table like a chain restaurant). Our table split the crositini and meat/cheese plate - all excellent. And the service was amazing -always at the table, answered all our questions, was honest as to what he liked best. And the atmosphere was so cool – very romantic but also perfect for a group. With wine, our meal for 4 plus salads and apps came to about 45$ each.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/10/2008
i have to agree with the other reviewers. The service was not good. We waited a long time for our first drink, and then they forgot about us for another 20 minutes. The food is not great. Service is slow. Its a shame. The space is beautiful, but with the service, I doubt they will last.
Posted by Go only for drinks. on 02/28/2008
The lasagna was so thick and full of powerfully strong cheese I could only eat a couple of bites. I had to keep eating bread just to dilute the taste. My friend also ordered it and could not eat it. The only edible thing anyone ordered that night was the gnocchi.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/06/2008
great food and a nice ambiance. pasta with clams rocked. not too expensive either. i'll def be back!
Posted by anonymous on 12/20/2007
If you feel like being starved to death and being charged a premium for the pleasure, eat here. The first place I have eaten in years where they actually need to have more food on the plate. Servings are as skimpy as they are pricey. I thin slice of 3 meats and a few tiny wedges of cheese? 2 very small pieces of octopus on a mound of potato? Atmosphere is fantastic, moreso downstairs than upstairs and the staff couldn't be more accomodating. The kitchen needs to work on being a bit more generous. I was very disappointed. Thank goodness Chinatown is so close so you have something to eat when you are finished with dinner.
Posted by Septemous on 12/18/2007
The lasagna was SO heavy and full of bechamel sauce it was like eating a brick. The food came so slow that of course I actually ate it because I was so hungry. It consisted of about 7 slices of super thick pasta with a couple of lettuce leaves between some of them - all glued together with said mortar. Our friend ordered the Cod with Polenta - should be titled - Polenta with hint of Cod. I upset my wife by eating all the salad by accident - I had 4 bites!. So $100 for 3 people food & 1 drink each -- I don't think so. The place is the epitome of downtown cool. Go for drinks - stay away from the food.
Posted by Herkermer Homolka on 12/09/2007
Tried this place late on a Sunday night. Music was way too loud for that time of night and considering there weren't many people still there, but that was one one of the only annoyances. The atmosphere is reminiscent of Venice or Florence; subterranean, with communal tables, candlelight and a lot of exposed brick. Very pleasant wait staff and tasty food. Recommended: meat/cheese plate, the lasagna and the clams and spaghetti. 80 dollars for three items and two glasses of wine was a bit steep, and they are obviously imitating the superior Inoteca a few blocks up Ludlow. But this place is a welcome addition to the neighborhood and we'd expect it to only improve with time.