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Posted by Edward on 02/02/2012
Apparently the manager of Gemma is writing some of the reviews you read here, there's no other explanation for the handful of enthusiastic comments this place receives. The atmosphere is nice, Ok, and so is the people watching but seriously, how can you say the food at Gemma is good? It's just fake Italian, prepared with no knowledge and no style.
Posted by David on 12/19/2011
Stopped by for a late dinner on a Sunday - okay. Went for simple - a pasta (the strozzapretti). What came out was a shameful waste. A ragu with broccoli rabe so over-salted as to be inedible. Sent it back. Apologies with quite a few "yeah, folks have been saying that a lot lately" which lead me to wonder, "ever thought of listening to them and doing something about it?" But hey -- I'm just paying for my food.
Posted by Chloe on 06/09/2011
The waiter rushed us through the meal, and it was plain to see that he was annoyed at our leisurely pace. When we stayed for an additional ten minutes after paying the bill (with a 20% tip), the manager approached and politely asked us to leave because he needed the table. Not a terrible experience, but I wouldn't go back. Being cordially invited to get out left a bad taste in my mouth.
Posted by ffab on 05/03/2011
Been to Gemma several times. The people working this place, from the lady who greets you to the manager to the sommelier to the wait staff.... always pleasant, warm and very accomodating. The food is consistently great. The homemade pasta w/sausage on the menu is an award winer. The pasta specials were always great as is the bronzino, steak and frankly all of the appetizers! For the money, this place cant be beat! They have a great wine room for a private party up to 40 people and the banquet people to set up the party are so friendly and accomodating. Very cool bar scene and an interesting crowd complete with celeb sightings.
Posted by expert snacker on 11/19/2010
Can't stay away! Every time I say I want to try some place new its hard when Gemma pops in my head because I know I am always sure of a great meal. Brunch is one of my favorites there as well as dinner. Seriously can't go wrong and it is such a great atmosphere!
Posted by no no on 10/04/2010
Service was okay, but food was not good, dish was half cooked and the other half raw. Totally not worth it, picking on a few plates was a waste of money and even left there hugry, wouldnt not recommend
Posted by themanders on 06/09/2010
i eat here every week. great atmosphere. incredible food. fair prices. the outside seating is key. order: * the artichoke salad with truffle vinegrette. *if youre really a truffle face also order the focaccia. *yellow fin tuna (comes with white beans mmmm). *rigatoni.