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Posted by iLoveNY on 06/18/2009
Went to have dinner here after hearing great reviews. Food was not spectacular, but was decent. The atmosphere was nice, always nice to have a relaxing dinner in the Village. The thing that turned me off with this place was that at the end of our meal, my friend and I ordered a glass of wine each...but, right when it was brought over they told us to leave! I understand if they needed the table, but they should have told us before we ordered the drinks and paid for them! We would have been happy to leave if they had told us, but instead they poured our wine into soup containers and we took our wine-to-go. Felt rushed from the time we sat down. So...try it out for yourselves, def. a great atmosphere, but hopefully you'll have better luck with the service!
Posted by jackson on 06/09/2009
food is delicious. great bread and olive oil to start. always a good sign. i've made many trips to italy, and i think this is one of the most tasty italian places i've been to in america. service is slightly off-putting if they're crowded or who knows why. crowd is a little too fashionable. not uncommon to see someone famous. someone else may be attracted for this reason, but i think it's a bit too cool. i keep going back because the food is consistently delicious and the price is fair. nevermind the service or crowd. if the staff start to recognize you they become much warmer. go to eat, not to feel special.
Posted by MC on 06/09/2009
This is the "Regal Beagle" for locals. Food and pricing are excellent. I eat here at least once a week- that will garnish favor with the tough Italian staff. Once you've made the cut, service is impeccable for repeat customers. The owner Giovanni is the ultimate Florentine grandfather. One couldn't ask for a better neighborhood hang out- anytime of the year. Get the following: Parpadelle Fiesolane, Burrata, Mellanzane Parmigiana, ...a bottle of Fallangina followed by the Panna Cotta.
Posted by victor's sister on 06/09/2009
This place is great for an outdoor dining experience but don't expect much more. The servers are somewhat abrasive, but we NYers generally don't take offense. What I did have trouble with was that the specials are listed in Italian and the waiter's interpretation was no easier to understand than the written version. He spoke very quickly and with a strong accent, so it was hard to figure out just what the specials really were. The food portion was a decent size and the flavor was good, although I needed to add pepper and olive oil because it was bit plain and dry. The waiter was generous enough to offer an additional dessert when we brought to his attention that there had been some type of foreign substance in our dessert, most of which we left over because of it. Overall, this place is fine for what it is: A low-key people watching place to take in the fine weather.
Posted by the unicorn on 05/24/2009
I thought this was going to be a nice evening with my girlfriend but it turned out to be quite the opposite. The service was disappointing. It was rushed and the staff was rude. They literally took the the last sip of wine out of my hand after we paid the check (of course).. The food was below average and the owner should get rid of the title of restauranteur removed immediately. Very overrated food.
Posted by cygirl on 04/14/2009
If you can't get a seat outside next door you can always fall back on Bar Pitti's outside area. Food is OK and service is flaky but this is another place that is all about the prime space out front and the people watching. My gf says this is the B-list space for the people who can't get seats next door but I think evrything else is on par.
Posted by NYChemist on 02/23/2009
Bella and Bello, perhaps you should read the part about not asking that much for service and only wanting my water refilled. That doesn't exactly sound like white glove service to me. Freshness has nothing to with personal preference of wanting warmed bread. Its just a personal preference, which is why I asked for it. If you're so concerned with the Euro exchange rate you should only eat at Trattorie in Italy. Open your eyes a little and try outside of your comfort bubble.