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Posted by WoW! on 01/02/2009
Truly an amazing experience, good food, good wine, and fantastic service... Can't wait to go back!
Posted by Never Eater on 12/11/2008
My girlfriend and I went last night (Wednesday) for a bite. The place is TEENY TINY, and jam-packed full of people. We were told we could wait next door at the bar, and they would come and get us when our table was ready. And to respond to the reviewer before me, the reason you have to go to the bar next door is because there is not a bar to wait at in the restaurant. And at least they are courtious to walk next door to get you when the table is ready- I found the staff to be completely courteous and patient. So the place is super small, and super loud- so don't go here on a first date, unless it's with someone you don't care to listen to- ha ha! The atmosphere is hopping with lively people, you almost feel as if you are over for a holiday people crammed into the dining area of an older family home. I loved it. We ordered 2 salads: my friend got the chopped artichoke salad and I got the special, a roasted beet salad with goat cheese crumbles on top. Both were excellent. I am sitting at my desk now wishing I could eat it for lunch! The salads were large enough portions that 2 girls could have shared the appetizers-maybe not two grown men, but I'm just saying they weren't tiny portions. Then we ordered the halibut special (pan roasted with potatoes and spinach) and the fruiti de mare pasta. Again, both were excellent. We really could have shared one entree after the salads, but lucky for me I am eating the leftovers for lunch right now! Surprisingly the fish was really flavorful (sometimes fish can be bland, unless blanketed by a sauce) and there was some sort of light wine sauce maybe? surrounding the fish. It was light and delicious. I couldn't get enough of the pasta. So freakin' good! Long story short, I love this place and will be back. Just keep in mind this is NOT a kid-friendly place, it's not quiet, and it's not roomy. It IS loud, fun, boistrous and romantic, rustic, simple, and really good eats.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/08/2008
I went here last Saturday night for dinner...BIG MISTAKE. The wait time was absolutely ridiculous and we had to wait at a nearby bar (not of our choice, but of the restaurant's choice) until we could be seated. By the time we had dinner, the price and the good food didn't matter. the ridiculous wait just took out all the joy from what in other circumstances would have been a pleasant meal. Perhaps it was because it was a Saturday, but it was not worth travelling down for. It might be a better place to visit if you live nearby!!
Posted by prof. on 10/02/2008
We went there on a Sat evening, after seeing the reviews. The wait was a bit long, but the guy at the door was really nice. The atmosphere is great, the food is delish, prices incredible. The waitress was an Italian lady (you could tell from the accent) reminded of my poor experience with waitstaff in Italy. She could have been a bit more friendly and smiled a bit. Anyways, the place is definitely work going back. Will go again on a weekday.
Posted by FoodieU2? on 09/25/2008
Awesome place, creative, authetic menu, great-casual ambience, terrific service and 50 steps from a subway stop. If only they took credit? Alas, there's nothing else that isn't fantastic about this place, but don't tell anyone else so we can enjoy it to ourselves!
Posted by EastVillager on 05/10/2008
Though I live only a few blocks away, this place was new to me until my movie star friend told me someone recommended it on the plane east. So we went. And we were not disappointed. I had what might just have been the best plate of pasta I ever ate: tagliatelle alla bolognese. Simple yet subtle meat sauce, and there was a ton of it. When I got to the point where you've eaten too much to feel unembarrassed about taking the pitiful remainder home, I just took a deep breath and powered right on through to the clean-plate finish. Dee-licious. My friend had the same pasta as a special, with sausages and stuff, and her companion had the spaghettini pomodoro. Just super, all of it. And dessert:: we split two, an okay apple tart that was more like a loaf cake and, again, maybe the best dessert I ever ate: a slice of chocolate mousse pie with dark ganache "icing"...the three of us couldn't finish it, much to our sorrow. Plus an excellent Emilia-Romagna wine to go with. Our whole bill was under 60 bucks. Absolutely supremo. The only thing we didn't like was that the place is tiny and hence noisy but the owner was attentive to every single table. Have already gone back twice.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/08/2008
I've been to Bianca several times. It's small and cozy and feels like you're dining in a charming home. The lasagna is unreal! It melts in your mouth. The veggie lasagna is really good too. Portions are generous & the service is great!