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Posted by C on 12/26/2008
My husband & I went to Il Cantinori in Dec, 2008. We are from out of town and I had booked it, and then unfortunately read all the reviews. I didn't want to cancel my reservations even though most of the reviews I read were negative. I am glad I kept my reservation. The restaurant was good. The food was very tasty and I expected our portions to be a lot smaller, and the prices to be a lot higher. We spent about 100 dollars, with wine and dessert which I thought was good. The servers were friendly, not in your face, and laid back. We got our food fairly quickly (but not too quickly) & the atmosphere was pleasant. We both left feeling very satisfied, and full. If my husband and I come back to NY (which I am sure we will), we intend to go back to this restaurant. I am glad I went, even though many of the reviews were terrible. I recommend this restaurant. We went at 8:00 on a Friday which seemed to be good timing. Give this restaurant a try and I don't think you'll be sorry!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/23/2008
I went here last night with a large party. The atmosphere was nice and fun, but the food was mediocre at best and over-priced. I started with a soggy and not fresh-tasting salad with mushrooms, beans and pecorino. Then I had the tagliolini with wild boar - the pasta was over-cooked and watery and the sauce did not taste like wild boar. It was more like crumbled sausage and had nothing to do with the wild boar sauce you get in Tuscany. My family is from Florence, so trust me on that one! I did not taste the other dishes, but they looked mediocre and boring. The food is over-priced for what you get, and the service is sub-par. If you only care about atmosphere and not much about good, authentic Italian food and don't mind paying a premium for that, then this is the place for you. Otherwise, stay away because you will be dissappointed!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/27/2008
I had not been to Il Cantinori in several years and was eager to try it again. What a disappointment! The service was poor and the food was mediocre. To top it off, they were rude about rushing us out of there. I will not be returning.
Posted by eric & annie on 03/19/2008
Food has improved a lot over the last year we love the wine selection. Intimate atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/02/2008
Restaurant buzzing upon arrival, but dining experience did NOT live up to expectations. Menus took a while to arrive, service unattentive... but when available lacked finesse and professionalism. Food was good... but better care needed by staff in the taking of food orders. Live in the neighbourhood but would not recommend it .
Posted by Dan (NY) on 12/17/2007
Had dinner for two at Il Cantinori last weekend. We had a salad, two pasta dishes, the veal and the pot roast. None were better than medicore.
Posted by Katherine on 12/13/2007
Five friends and I dined at this overpriced mistake last Friday. The only upside was the cozy ambiance and the fact that we had a nice table in the back room against the wall. A small amuse bouche "gift" from the kitchen was tepid mushy day-old bread soaked in overly-garlicky tomato mush. Disgusting. My boyfriend's chicken liver appetizer was cooked to the consistency of cornmeal, and doused in a flavorless brown jus. My mozzarella was good but that's hard to ruin. Both of our entrees were nasty: A ruined brown plate of pot roast with carrots and potatoes looked and tasted like Stouffers (except cost $35), and my fish supposedly served with capers, wine and tomatoes was bland and mysteriously pond flavored, blanketed by more tomato puree and a few capers. The waiter did not notice or comment that neither of us touched our entrees, but it was late and we were too tired to ask they be taken off the bill. Hugely disappointed as I have always heard it was a landmark, I would never recommend this place to ANYONE. Better off eating in Little Italy, which I consider the 6th circle of hell.