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Posted by Lorrie Stuart on 09/05/2013
Went to Casallula for the first time last night, and my friends and I were completely delighted. First of all, let's get to the service, which seems to be a bone everyone likes to gnaw on. Our experience was extremely pleasant: when I arrived, the second of three, the small place was packed. But there was room at the bar and the hostess -- knowing that we had theater to go to -- wisely hurried things up by allowing us to pre-order so that we could be quickly served once seated. We were at our table in less than 15 minutes, and the table service as well was friendly and not at all "snarky." Then the food: fabulous. Casallula is obviously a cheese lover's dream, but the non-cheese plates are excellent as well. One of our appetizers -- a Spanish take on pigs in a blanket -- was terrific. Our shrimp roll sliders were mysteriously (and deliciously) crispy. The mac and cheese was yummy, but the best was the pig's ass sandwich, a two-cheese, grilled take on a Cubano, and pure heaven. Finally on the plus side, we got out for about $30 (including wine for two of us), a real bargain for this kind of food The sole downside of the restaurant, in common with almost all good ones, is the hideous noise: walking out onto busy 9th Ave. after dinner was like walking into a tomb!
Posted by Columbus Circle Foodie on 10/12/2010
I cannot believe some of these reviews. Who needs huge portions when each bite is enormous in flavor and experience? If you get the grilled cheese/one of the cheese plates, pate, and the chocolate cake to end, you'll think it was the best value in NYC. And for a tiny and EXTREMELY popular, I always have been satisfied with the service.
Posted by Robert from Hell's kitchen on 06/18/2010
Food is simply spectacular, and they rotate their menu seasonally. Goosebreast ruben open face "sandwich" is enough of a reason to go there everyday. cheese pairings are inspired and sublime. Re: service, it's what one would expect for a small restaurant that is always packed. we go there about 6 times a year and its just great.
Posted by anonymous on 03/24/2010
I normally don't write reviews but felt I needed to after reading the last ones posted here. Three of us spent an evening at Casellula last Friday. When we got there the place was packed, but they managed to seat us within 15 minutes, as promised. The host was pleasant. Our waiter was excellent and knowledgeable. Each small plate we picked was delicious. Order the beet salad. They have a huge cheese selection and a nice choice of meats. In terms of value we each had two glasses of wine and shared 3 cheeses, 3 meats, olives and 3 small plates; with a generous tip it came to $60/person. Perhaps a little pricey but you get what you pay for. I can't wait to get back there.
Posted by S. White on 06/20/2009
FOOD: GOOD The food was surprisingly tasty despite the miniscule portions and ridiculous prices. The Pig's Ass sandwich was delicious but I'm shocked the snooty staffers didn't opt to use the sandwich's "proper name" - a Cuban. The Stuffed Peppadew Peppers were out of this world - but with only 4 on a tiny olive plate - there wasn't much to go around for 7 bucks! The wine list at this "wine bar" was incredibly limited. If you wanted to order by the bottle the possibilities were endless of course - but if you wanted to order by the glass, you were limited to about 5 or 6 selections, and greeted with a condescending snarl from the "bartender" if you accidentally tried to order one of the "bottle-only" selections - which will cost you an exorbitant amount of money. SERVICE: When we arrived at 6pm there were literally 4 other people in the bar. Which -- as a side note -- is ridiculously small. I get that it's NYC - but turning your studio apartment into a "wine bar" is not acceptable. They wouldn't seat us because the 4th person we were waiting for wasn't there yet. However - the only place to seat a party of 3 or 4 is at a 4 top table... hmm. The rude bartender couldn't even give me a recommendation when I asked her what she suggested for wines by the glass. They finally stuck us in the corner - and after racking up a $200 bill comprised of over-priced appetizers and 9 mediocre glasses of wine between 4 people -- denied us when we wanted to order another round, instead dropping the bill on the corner of our table! We left there frustrated, hungry and lighter in the wallet... SUMMARY: Don't go here! The food isn't that good, and there is no reason to pay good money for such rudeness - you can get it for free on the streets of NYC any day!
Posted by dberquist on 06/13/2009
I have been to Casellula several times over the past year, but I will NEVER GO AGAIN after I finally realized that the service is unforgivable. I have always enjoyed the food and wine selections but I can no longer overlook how rude and inconsiderate the staff is (which has not changed in several years despite many negative reviews and complaints on the internet!). When one pays a 300-400% markup for wine and $14 for four spoonfuls of macaroni and cheese, one should expect at a minimum courteous service! Do not be fooled by other reviews that simply focus on the wine and food—you will regret you ever stepped foot inside Casellula (unless, of course, you enjoy being treated like an annoyance).
Posted by Anonymous on 06/01/2009
The atmosphere is great, the cheese selection is also great, but the service definitely leaves a bad taste in your mouth. The waitresses had a tone of arrogance about them. If you're willing to overlook that, it's worth a visit.