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Posted by Sunshine on 03/15/2008
Went with my boyfriend for dinner on a Friday night after a few friends recommended Il Sole's food and sangria. The restaurant has an odd decor..combination of animal print upholstery, sleek city dim lighting in the front area, but harsh flourescent lighting above the very rear large dining table. Sangria was ultra-sweet, darn near syrupy. Ordered the grilled portabello mushrooms to start. Overcooked and I could tell the mushrooms were not the freshest. As an entree my boyfriend had the orange salmon (which surprisingly was quite good). I had the linguini with clam sauce...nothing Italian about it. In fact it was exactly what I worried it might be, dominican style spaghetti (overdone & mushy) in a spanish flavored tomato sauce. Again, the clams were overdone....tough and chewy. If you like spanish style pasta this place may work for you. As for Il Sole toting themselves as an Italian spot....not even close.
Posted by luv to luv on 03/06/2008
I just moved in the neighborhood and decided to check this place out since i was in the mood for Italian food. I am Italian descent and all I have to say is that their food is no where near Italian, needless to say I was very disappointed.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/13/2008
I ate at Il Sole on Saturday night with my boyfriend. There were a few other tables occupied. We ordered clams as an appetizer and then margharit pizza and calamari salad. The clams were sandy. The pizza was not good. There was about a pound and a half of cheese half melted on this raw dough, and the calamari salad had no taste at all. It was like eating lettuce with no dressing. I couldn't believe how bad everything was. We ate almost nothing and the waiter didn't even ask if anything was wrong. He just brought the check and we left.
Posted by CaramiaAgain on 11/14/2007
Went again for a few drinks and appetizers. Hubby said his flavored mojito (can't remember what flavor it was, not mint) was weak. So weak he finished my margarita, which I thought was good. We had mussels, calamari & cheese sticks. The mussels, for the first time ever, were in a flat plate. In all my yrs as many times that I've ordered them, I've always had them served in a LARGE bowl. SI think Il Sole needs to not be so cheap and serve more mussels. Thank God the taste was good. Good enough to order twice, but because they were so few. We also had calamari twice. The first time they were tasteless. For the 2nd order, we told the waiter to ask the chef if he can season them. The 2nd batch had salt added. :-/
Posted by Caramia on 10/15/2007
Glad to see this type of restaurant in Inwood. Went w/my 2 yr. and had the food accommodated for him which was very nice. The food was good. The fried calamari opener was very tasty and the glass of wine was nice and big. I'd go again.
Posted by Engels on 07/16/2007
When we arrived we went up to the host and sat us immediately. She said our server will be with us right away but actually took more than 10 minutes to take our order. After we order, we did not receive our bread until I asked for it. My daughter loved the bread and the dipping for it. The water was constantly flowing through our table and the server became more attentive afterwards. The food was delicious and the mojitos were to die for. For the price of the entrees you get a good value for your money. Will definitely return for more drinks!!!!
Posted by jennem on 05/14/2007
About a year ago, we ate at Il Sole and just loved it. Great service, somewhat creative food options, very well prepared. Went again last night--Mother's Day--and it was not a pleasant experience. The beautiful decor had been largely changed (zebra print banquettes?) Took 10 minutes to find a hostess to seat us. Another 10 to get menus. Ordered a bottle of wine, it sat on the bar for 10 more minutes until we flagged down our waitress and asked her to open it. The menu was boring, old-school low-end stereotypical Italian--all the good stuff was gone. Waitress brought the bread but forgot the oil/vinegar for dipping. Ordered the antipasti--it was C-town deli cold cuts rolled up on a plate with jarred green olives and jarred red pepper strips. Our salads came out one at a time, 10 minutes apart, although we'd each ordered the same salad, and the arugula was all stems, the hearts of palm (hello 1980?) in golf-ball-sized inedible chunks, and the dressing was straight balsamic vinegar. While we were eating our salads, the waitress asked if we wouldn't mind hurrying as our entrees were ready. My pasta was dried out and flavorless with fatty rubbery bacon, my husband's fish was barely OK, but his vegetables were inedible--no salt, butter, anything but plain steamed unseasoned vegetables. Desserts were unavailable as they had forgotten to defrost them. We gave a general complaint to the waitress, and got nothing but "oops, sorry" and our bill.