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Posted by Bernard Dworkin on 05/25/2014
So it's less than a month since my last review and I just picked up a large pie from this restaurant, after having called 15 minutes before. When I got there and told them I was picking up, they gasped. They did not even put a pie in the oven. I waited another 15 minutes. The pie was well over $18, but note it's supposed to be $16.95. "Tax" they said. No one charges tax for pizza and that custom is so prevalent that it is misleading not to let people know ahead of time -- at least on the menu. I told them I would not be back and I will not be. By the way, the pie was pretty good this time (see my prior review).
Posted by Bernard Dworkin on 04/30/2014
Problem is that quality of food changes from day to day, so what happened to me tonight may not be applicable tomorrow. But the sign of a good restaurant is to be consistently good (Daniello's is not). In fact, there is no reliably decent pizza in midtown east, Ultimate having left the planet. Tonight, Daniello's pizza was too doughy, and the sauce was bland. The voice on the phone when I called to order was new, so maybe there is a change in ownership. Ther's a new place about to open on 57th just east of First Ave. and let's hope it turns out to be better than "Best pizza on First", which is Worst Pizza on First. Rents are humungous in this area so businesses have to depend on volume to survive. Unfortunately, as volume increases, quality decreases (known as "Bernie's LAw").
Posted by Anonymous on 05/17/2013
Ordered several large pizzas and 2 salads for office party. They charged $100 for two aluminum containers of salad! So annoyed by this we won't order again.
Posted by yuk on 01/30/2013
I ordered a pizza. The guy delivered it cold, on its side edge. Seriously...Take your average pizza box sitting flat on a table, turn it at a 90 degree angle so it is now perpendicular to the table, stick it in your delivery bag, deliver it as if that is acceptable, and still take the tip. I have ordered from here before but never again. Do not give your money to these people....There are much better restaurants in the neighborhood.
Posted by Wake me for meals on 07/26/2012
Restaurant Impossible needs to come in and teach the cook how to cook. Food was b l a n d and worse, yet- c o l d
Posted by dmo on 06/23/2011
The pizzas and pastas are quite tasty. In fact, this is my favorite pizza in the neighborhood (and I've had them all). The red sauces actually have chunks of fresh tomato. Everyone who works there is very kind and accommodating and the place is always very clean. That said, the food is definitely overpriced. The issue with Daniello's is that they're a pizza and red sauce joint trying to be something more upscale. In addition to the unjustified prices, there are only two tiny tables for those who just want to grab a slice while the rest of the tables have linen tablecloths and are reserved for sit-down service (and yet they mostly go unoccupied). And if you are at the tiny tables, a waiter hovers over you, which makes one think that they're expecting a tip. Kind of silly when you're just having a slice and a soda, and you ordered the food and brought it to the table yourself. Bottom line: instead of putting the focus on linen tablecloths and specialty drink menus, they should focus on being a more casual and inviting neighborhood spot.
Posted by Bernard Dworkin on 02/01/2011
I was the only sit-down customer tonight at 6 pm. It could have been the bad weather, but I think it is the slippage in quality of food and the in-your-face service by the waitress. I barely had my jacket off, when she pounced on me with menus and within seconds, she asked if I were ready to order. Several time she cam over to see if I had finished my drink, or salad or main plate. It was impossible to relax. Also, she speaks and understands English as if she were taking a hard shower. Now for the food. The prices have risen and the quality of food is poorer. In particular, they had a fine, fresh quality tomato sauce which has been replaced with pizza-type sauce. Then Caesar salad had tasteless, wilted romaine and canned or bottled sauce sauce. Another local place hits the dust.