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Posted by annie on 04/16/2008
i am a regular at Barbone and we were never rushed , perhaps those people stayed there forever.The place is very small.The owner always takes very good care of us every time we go there. food is exellent so is the wine selection.service is very friendly.As for free drinks it is at owners discretion.I highly recomend Barbone.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/15/2008
I absolutely love this place. The food is amazing and the staff is so nice and I enjoyed fabulous service everytime I had dinner there. The outside area in the summer is lovely, too. And Alberto is the nicest!
Posted by Miss Moore on 04/14/2008
We have been to Barbone a few times and are happy to see welcoming smiles from the staff. The owner, sadly, is a different story We ordered the tasting as we always do and enjoyed it with the leisure we thought it and the care invested in it deserved. The moment we neared the end of dessert, the owner asked us to move to the bar as he needed the table! No gratis after dinner drinks for us, alas!
Posted by JB on 01/16/2008
Excellent twists on classic Italian cusine. Very reasonable $35 five course tasting menu. Boar stuffed rice balls, duck ravioli, and baked cod with artichoke puree were delicious. Beet gnocchi in gorgonzola sauce was too heavy for the tasting menu format, but that was our bad call. Desserts were respectable. Wine list has many bottles under $30, and staff is helpful in choosing something to fit your taste. We had no problem being seated for our 8:30 reservation on a Saturday night. Small indoor space is cozy and conducive to conversation.
Posted by Financial District Resident on 08/22/2007
We went to Barbone on a Monday evening. We had the asparagus fries with pancetta aioli (I didn't try the sauce). They were simple, light and delicious. We had the fennel radicchio salad with calamata olives, nice but not spectacular. We had the chestnut revioli with brown butter and wild fennel pollen, this was our favorite. The server steered us away from the gnocchi with mushrooms. We had the red beet pasta, good but would probably not order it again. Our server helped us choose between two wines under consideration and actually suggested the bottle that was much less costly. The wine was very nice. Didn't even bother with dessert, had read choices were limited. Minor service issue - server disappeared and bus boy inquired regarding dessert. Garden was full, host/manager was around but it appeared there were only two or less servers for garden seating area. Otherwise service was good. Garden was lovely. Prices are reasonable.
Posted by Sethbar on 08/15/2007
Simply put, this restaurant is average. We were a party of 4 w/ an 8:30 reservation this past Saturday night. We were sat at around 9. No room at the small bar to have a drink while we waited for a table in the garden, which was nothing special. Tasting menu is for the whole table only,and must be the same for everyone, no mixing and matching,the menu is missing items that they list in the online menu. The calamari app was delicious,think calamari oregenata and it was served in a mini skillet, baby artichoke, there were two on the plate was ok nothing special, fried asparagus were bland and the dipping sauce was nothing to write home about,and the watermelon app was funky and different as you would imagine fruit with cheese and balsamic vinegar would be, but also just average. All in all the apps aside from the calamari, were not good, not horrible but not good. Entrees were the chestnut ravioli which was good, the black pepper pappardelle with short ribs which was good, but the pasta did not taste homemade and lastly, the chicken liver ravioli,STAY AWAY. the ravioli were swimming in a lake of balsamic vinegar and were not good at all...tough dish, but if the restaurant serves such a different type of dish, you would think it was good. The food was average to good at best, portions were adequate but certainly not huge. The restaurant had no specials, and we were not offered dessert. The wine was great $30 Rossi Montepulciano, . drank 2 bottles. Overall, we will not be back, service was invisible, food average and atmosphere...um what atmosphere...don't know what these other posts are talking about. 4 people $200 included tip .... There is definitely a value, but there are a million better italians in the city. miss this one and pick something else....Maybe it was a bad night for the restaurant, but with so many choices, and nothing that overwhelmed us, why go back.
Posted by sethbar on 08/14/2007
simply put, this restaurant is average. We were a party of 4 w/ an 8:30 res on this past saturday night. sat around 9. no room at the small bar to have a drink while we waited for a table in the garden, which was nothing special.tasting menu is for the whole table only,and must be the same for everyone, no mixing and matching,menu is missing items that they list in the online menu. calamari app was deeelicious, artivhoke,asparagus and watermelon were not good, not horrible but not good. entrees were the chestnut ravioli which was good, the black pepper pappardelle with short ribs which was gfood, but the pasta did not taste homemade and the chicken liver ravioli, which were a brunch item that the waiter said he could make for us at dinner. the ravioli were swimming in a lake of balsamic vinegar and wer not good at all...tough dish, buit if its on the menu, you would thinkit was good. restaurant has no specials, and we were not offered dessert. wine was great $30 montepulciano, Rossi. drank 2 bottles.overall, we will not be back, service was invisible, food average and atmosphere...um what atmosphere...don't know what these other posts are talking about. 4 people $200 with 20% tip even with lousy service...imagine that. so there is a value, but there are a million better italians in the city. miss this one and pick something else....