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Posted by JW on 04/25/2007
Food is very good -- fresh ingredients, well prepared, tasty but not exciting. Service is brusque, rushed, room too crowded and very loud.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2007
The food here is so authentic, it will have you feeling like you've just dined on the Grand Canal. Always order something with cheese, as the owner travels to Italy every 3 weeks and brings it back in suitcases himself! Though the food is excellent, I do wish there was a bit more selection. Also, it's extremely popular and so very crowded despite the extra tables added about a year ago. You're so close together that there's a good chance you'll be joining your neighbor's conversation, yet it still feels comfortable and cozy. Don't forget to save room for the cheese plate--it's heavenly!
Posted by JH on 04/03/2007
Went there alone on Sunday evening. Was the first one there at 5:00. Ordered salad and a pasta dish. More and more people came in and bottom line at least 6 people served ahead of me...ordering more complex dishes including meats. When I inquired as to my order they kept saying it's coming. By the time it came I was so aggrevated I didn't enjoy it. This used to me a great place. Much too crowded to get great attention and service.
Posted by Food Lover on 03/23/2007
A friend recently introduced me to this place. The food was amazing - it is the only restaurant in NYC that comes near the authenticity of a meal in Italy. The owner actually has 2 restaurants in Italy, so that may be why. The price is unbeatable for the quality, and you have to get the cheese plate, the owner will explain everything on it, and you'll be lucky to find more than 3 cheeses on the plate in new york anywhere else. The only downside is the crowd, no reservations and a love of turn over combine to kill any relaxed feel this restaurant could have. Go for dinner - always get the special- and then go elsewhere for drinks/ to talk etc.
Posted by UWS Resident on 01/25/2007
The food is good and undervalued. Nice wine list with decent prices here as well. The ambiance is warm, lively and homely - sure its a tighter space than you may be used to, but this adds some personality. The wait staff are pushy and seem anxious to turn over the table. We had to tell our waiter to stop rushing us three times. His method of asking us what we'd like for our meal was pointing at us and barking, "You! What?!?" We'll probably head back, but we'll be sure to tell the owner and the waiters if they push more, it will be the last time.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/31/2006
I was in NYC last week and ate at Celeste w/ a friend - yes, it was crowded and our waiter/tress could have done a better job - but I think the service of the owners/managers was excellent and made up for it. The food was good. CASH only.
Posted by masticator on 11/17/2006
When you order the cheese platter the Maestro himself will come to your table and riff in a beautiful Italian/English the what where and how of the cheeses you are about to feast. Devilicious! The fried artichokes are interesting as far as texture goes and the eggplant app is a holy experience. Tis a shame that I have yet to be impressed by an entree. Tables virtually touch each other but I found it charming and a cozy atmosphere. Decent wine selection as well. Slightly on the pricier side.