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Posted by tarheel on 12/14/2005
Four of us had dinner here for the first time last night after enjoying lunch on several occasions over the last 18 months. It was terrific. Crowded, but friendly with a wonderful holiday buzz about the place. Lydia was there making her usual rounds, gracious as always. Service was professional and friendly. The night was enjoyed by all.
Posted by Dave P on 11/03/2005
Folks, being Italian, I can confidently state that if you don't like this restaurant, go order a pepperoni pizza from your local Pizzeria, because with your palate, it won't matter anyway. Bravo Lidia for your continued excellence in serving NYC's finest Italian meals.
Posted by Giovanni on 10/29/2005
Limited selections.....average portions......crowded..seemingly more wait staff than patrons.
Posted by Lorraine on 09/25/2005
I am a faithful watcher of Lydia . I was expecting to try some of the mouth watering foods she prepares. I was sadly surprised. The menu had nothing that she makes on T.V. rather the menu consisted of wild game - venison, squab etc. My boyfriend and I left hungry. Too add insult to injury the dinner bill was exorbitant and we did not eat much.
Posted by fred on 09/25/2005
I don't understand how people can have such widely varied experiences at the same place. My family took my 82 year old mother to Felidia for her birthday. My mom is a big fan of Lidia, and we were delighted to find her in attendance. She graced our table with several visits, took a photo with my mom, and signed her menu. She was thrilled. The service was impeccable. The food was extraordinary. The octopus appetizer, cooked 2 ways, (grilled chunks and thinly sliced and marinated) was tender and had a marvelous flavor. Others had tuna carpaccio which was also pristinely fresh and delicious. The pasta was perfectly cooked in a savory tomato sauce graced with strips of freshly sauteed eggplant. My main course, osso bucco, was extraordinary; braised with meat falling off of the bone, and a rich tomato-based gravy. The other entrees at the table were equally excellent. Braised lamb shoulder was succulent. Beef cheeks were extraordinary, tender enough to eat with a spoon, calves liver so fresh, quickly seared on both sides, had the consistency of pate, served with strips of caramelized onions. Portions were larger than I expected, and everyone was more than satisfied at meals end, more than 3 hours after entering the restaurant. Dessert was a chocolate mousse cake with fresh raspberries and strawberries. Dense and fabulous, along with expertly prepared capuccino. Great Italian food starts with great, fresh, local ingredients, and these were found in abundance at Felidia. I can't help but believe that jealous competitors wrote the bad reviews. Felidia is just too good. Thank you, Lidia, for an enchanting evening. My family will always remember this night.
Posted by Victor on 09/18/2005
Finally I get the chance to visit this "NYC institution" and boy was I disappointed. Service was sorely lacking any warmth or compassion....after making reservations a week in advance, my party of 2 was seated in the most remote corner in front of the wine rack (which the waiters sorted through repeatedly, leaning over my table!). The seafood dishes were poorly seasoned and carelessly presented, and the pretentious desserts were stale and heavy. And unfortunately they kept pushing the white truffles on "everything" at the added cost of $30....gimme a break already!
Posted by Daniela Massa on 08/05/2005
I had lunch today at Felidia with my five friends and we all had wonderful meals. I don't understand what the problem is with some posters but I live in NYC and have always enjoyed eating here. The food is delicious and beautifully presented.