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Posted by anon on 07/27/2007
After having Il Cantinori on my list of places to try for ages, I finally pop in to take advantage of restuarant week and have never been so incredibly disappointed. Rubbery overcooked rigatoni, which was smothered in cheese in an attempt to mask the pasta. Service that had only two modes: non-existent or pushy. Participating in restuarant week is NOT an excuse to for such poor food and service and I was shocked that Il Cantinori would disappoint so greatly.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/31/2006
We were seated 30 min. late for our reservation even though my friend knew the manager. We were assigned a waiter who told us all the specials wrong and was making them up as he went along. We had the grilled calamari and the roasted mushroom appetizers and both were bland, and overcooked. Main course was the branzino which was fair and my friend ordered the pasta with shrimp and it came to us pasta with crabmeat but he ate it. Dessert was berries and 4 flavors of sorbet which were the only good part of the meal. Besides the atmosphere, I could think of 20 other Italian restaurants with better food.
Posted by Michael on 11/08/2006
I went to Il Cantinori for my 10 year anniversary last October. We went early and it was not yet busy. Had great service and the food was out of this world. I do not remember what my wife order but I order the three cheese Ravioli. It was the best meal I ever had. EVER. It was beyond amazing. My wife tried my entree and loved it. She also said how amazing it was! We have told so many people how if they go to NY that they need to go here for their dinner. It's funny we had such a great time that weekend in NY, but one of the biggest highlights was the food, Especially the Ravioli.
Posted by Twice disappointed on 08/13/2006
Been there twice. Once with family in the winter, the other time with friends just last night. While it's wonderful to sit at an outisde table on a glorious summer night, the fare was a disappointment. Not a good value by any stretch of the imagination. The grilled Branzino is passable, but not worth $29.50. The whole-wheat pasta with vegetables was so runny/watery I had to request that it be doused with freshly-grated parmesan cheese twice to "thicken" the brothy sauce--I felt like I was slurping on Ramen noodles. At $18 not a good value. My tablemates were equally unimpressed with their meals and the desserts were also disappointing. Flourless chocolate cake arrived frozen at the center. The tiramisu was not prepared in traditional layers and mascarpone was not used, hence it did not qualify as authentic tiramisu in my book. My cheesecake was fine, but for $8? Ish don't think so. Appetizers, such as the buffala mozzarella with tomatoes and basil and the grilled antipasti, were fine. Wines selection: extremely poor. By the glass you get three reds, two whites and that's it. Bottom line: pretentious and overpriced. If you're out to impress with only ambience, attentive service and the appearance of good food, this is the place for you.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/30/2006
I have been eating at Il Cantinori several times a year for the past 5 years and I have never had a bad meal. I really don't understand reviews that say the quality is not the same. I strongly disagree. The menu does change regularly, but if they have the ingredients available, they are always more than happy to accommodate any requests you may have. There are a core group of waiters who have been there for years and they too are more than happy to make sure your meal is as enjoyable as possible. It is always more enjoyable to sit in the back of the restaurant, so I would suggest requesting a table there. I love everything about this restaurant and will continue to go back. I highly recommend it!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/24/2006
My firsy visit to Il Cantinori 2 years ago was fantastic, so when my family from out of town wanted superior Italian food, I figured Il Cantinori would be just the spot. The food was so-so...too salty veal and sage pasta that was under cooked and crunchy, rabbit stew was fatty, and veal milanese was coated with 3 inches of breading...
Posted by pasta girl on 01/23/2006
I've never written a bad review on this site, but I just had the worst meal I've ever had in New York. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi as did my friend. We didn't like it because itt was so salty. Our other friend's pasta was crunchy it was cooked so poorly. The staff was very attentive, and the atmosphere was nice. I supposed this could be a fluke but I couldn't believe with what they charge how poor the food was.