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Posted by NYC Mom on 10/15/2006
I've visited twice. The garden (seasonal) is lovely. The staff also is nice. No rushing. Bread is good-maybe Sullivan St. pugliese loaf. The fall menu has warm tomatoes (yum) for an appetizer with a biggish portion of ricotta/pesto-definitely sharable - and some good salads. The salmon from the secondi menu is delish. A bigger bargain if you stick to the pastas. The chef is an alumnus of Lupa and Otto and Mario himself is said to stop by late, late. Wines by the quartino (reasonably priced)and many bottles, also. What an up n coming area for restaurants.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2006
Loved this place. Very good wine recommendation from the owner. Asparagus fries are amazing as is the linguini with clams. Will definitely return
Posted by roma d on 07/21/2006
Kind of a late drop-in on a warm evening so we didn't take advantage of the garden, we will next time. It's a lovely big space, noise level totally fine, sexy lighting. Manager recommended a perfect summer wine, the Italian riesling. Order the asparagus fries w aiolli - nice portion, great starter while you look at the menu. Loved the rich liver ravioli, also really sharable portion. The quail was perfectly seasoned and grilled, with a white balsamic/faro salad and poached quail eggs on asparagus. Dessert - lush panna cotta with cranberry compote. If this was uptown, it would have cost 2x the price. Great mellow vibe, staff is attentive, helpful. Looking forward to return visits!
Posted by ad3pt on 07/10/2006
My gf and had a saturday evening dinner. Our reservation was for 730pm, and we were promptly seated. We ordered a the watermelon caper salad which we shared for an appetizer, the papardelle spare rib ragu and spaghetti carbonara. I had a glass of one of the many proseccos and she a southern chianti which was reccomended by the waiter. The watermelon salad was not quite what we were looking for, but it was imaginative. The main courses were very good and quite enjoyable. The service was strong to very strong, being that they were attentive and friendly. We were seated on the outside patio in the rear of the restaurant and it was a beautiful summer evening. We were very full and could'nt finish our meal, but ordered the flourless chocolate cake anyways. I would certainly advise others to request the outdoor seating, and take it easy on the bread because they provide some very nice portions for the price. Considering the other options in the EV for Italian, Barbone is the best Ive had for the price and quality of the food.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2006
Noticed that this super cute wine bar/italian restaurant had opened down the street from me & welcomed the opportunity to check it out with a girlfriend. we loved it! the backyard patio is perfect for a nice summer dinner. the aspargus fries were to die for, especially with their mustard/wine dipping sauce. the manager was extremely helpful & generous (thanks, Alberto!). my meal - the ricotta gnnochi was amazing. i was already stuffed & just could not stop eating... mmm. granted, some of the main courses are a bit pricey, particularly for alphabet city. the pasta dishes were amazing & well priced. i'm looking forward to going back.