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Posted by Sparky on 11/06/2006
We dined at Felidia for a birthday dinner a short while back. We had a great evening and the food and service were excellent. Frankly, I am not sure where the negative reviews are coming from; certainly not from the restaurant we enjoyed as have so many others, including the recent three star review in the NY Times. The pastas are all outstanding. The pasta with duck ragu was superb. Ditto the pasta with a meat/pork ragu. Main dishes, including veal, were also outstanding. The veal was so soft you could cut it with a fork. On that point, I think the kitchen is more skilled in the heavier, slow cooked dishes. Great for fall and winter. Service was attentive. The maitr'd explained the menu and was there when we needed him, with a great friendly attitude. The waiter was similarly on the ball. The tables are comfortable and relatively well spaced and the lighting was also very good. As for the wine list, I saw many many reasonably priced bottles under $100, and also under $50. And, the sommelier was only too happy to make recommendations in the lower price range. All in all Felidia is one of the top Italian restaurants in the City and you will be hard pressed, I imagine, not to enjoy yourself or have an excellent meal.
Posted by a New Yorker on 10/28/2006
Felidia has been riding for too long on the fame of TV chef and owner Lidia Bastianich. We remember a memorable meal there some time back and decided to return last night. A twenty minute wait for our reserved table came with no apology. The waiter could not have been more detached, had to be asked for the daily specials, which he then recited with disdain while looking all around the room. One of our entrees, a venison chop, that the house serves medium rare, came well done and charred. When we returned it, it took 20 minutes to get another one. Inquiries about its status were dismissed with haughtiness. The wine list is a joke- only about three selections under $100.00—most $200.00 and up. Will we return or recommend Felidia? No. For the same price New York is just too full of great restaurants. We recommend that Mrs. Bastianich steps out of the tube and into her restaurant every once in a while.
Posted by Alfonso on 09/11/2006
I had business partners in from Italy. I like Lidia's TV show and she can obviously cook - her restaurant, however cannot. The dishes had no taste, wait staff could not be less interested and it is highly overpriced. I live in Florence, Italy half the year and know good food and the way it should be prepared. This was a disappointment and embarassing. I had raved about this lady on TV and we were all expecting a great meal. The menu lacked imagination.
Posted by Foodtalker on 09/01/2006
I can't begin to express how much I loved the food at Felidia. Yes, it's expensive, but I think it's well worth it, especially for a special night out. We had the chicken liver trifolati (which is chicken liver served three ways). Served with polenta and fois gras. Unbelievably delicious and unique. We also had the grilled octopus, less exciting but good. And what makes this restaurant stand out is the outrageously good pasta- We had the Porcini stringozzi with mushrooms, rabbit, and black truffles. My eyes tear when I remember how divine that was. We also had the 30-yolk spaghettini with braised moulard duck. Also incredibly delicious. We simply had no room left for dessert. But we'll no doubt be back soon. Highly recommend this place.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2006
I spent a lot of time looking for a good Italian restaurant in Midtown, and finally decided on Felidia. I took my mother to dinner there last night and it was fantastic. I was a little nervous from hearing a negative review here and there, but I quickly calmed down and knew that I had made a good decision. The restaurant is small and cozy, warm and inviting, but not stuffy or high-brow. The maitre-d' was very knowledgeable, and while we didn't require a lot of explanations, he spent almost 5 minutes with the table next to us, answering all of their questions, translating, accepting changes to the dishes, etc. To start off, we ordered the rock shrimp appetizer and the pear/pecorino ravioli. While we waited, we had some delicious spreads brought over with our bread. Then the ravioli came, which the staff graciously split up into two smaller plates, without us even asking. Quite simply put, it was the most incredible pasta dish I had ever tried, so light and tender, so full of flavor, and so uniquely tasting. Then we had the rock shrimp, which my mother only sampled, and I ate most of. The sauce it was in was again, incredibly delicate and flavorful, the shrimp were perfectly cooked, and the entire salad with it was served warm - a true delight for the senses. For the main course, my mother had the zuppa di pesce, and even though it was $34, she really got her money's worth. It was a huge bowl full of all kinds of delicious seafood, and she said the overall taste of the soup was the best she had ever had. I ordered the venison loin, which was perfectly cooked - rare in the middle, seared on the outside. It was served in a coffee-red wine sauce, alongside maybe 20 or so exotic mushrooms. It was the finest game I had ever eaten. And I felt I had no need for potatoes, or rice, or anything like that. The combination of the meat, mushrooms, and sauce was just perfect. For dessert, my mother chose not to order because she was so full.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/03/2006
Food was solid, typicall of excellent neighborhood fare. It was by no means exceptional or special, however, and did not warrant the prices it charged. Service left something to be desired. The waiters never crakced a smile and seemed stiff and stuffy. To boot, they never even offered us freshly grated parmesan cheese.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2006
The food is odd & overpriced, the service is stiff and too formal, and it is very loud. Sit upstairs and try to hear the person next to you talk without shouting. Based on reviews here and other places, I expected something special. This was expensive and a disappointment.