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Posted by KS on 05/22/2011
I've been there on couple of occasions - mostly for weekday and weekend lunch - and always enjoyed the atmosphere, great wine and fresh, tasty small plates. The meatballs, truffle toasts, octopus and cheeses were consistently delicious, wine selection excellent, and people-watching enjoyable, so I decided to take my out-of-town guests there for a Saturday brunch. We were seated promptly but it took the waitress 20 minutes (no kidding!) to even offer us the menu, another 20 to bring our food -- and another 20 to get the gelato that was supposedly coming with the coffee! Not to mention that the woman who served us was and sulky. If it wasn't for our disappointing waitress though, the experience would have been a pleasant one. Just bear in mind the place can get a bit noisy - not the best selection if you plan on having a quiet romantic chat.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2011
There is nothing to complain about this restaurant unless you go on a friday or saturday night. Their food is AMAZING(my favorite is their octopus), the service is really good, and it isn't incredibly expensive. This is one of my favorite restaurant and I've had no complaints so far.
Posted by Lindsey on 11/26/2010
I am actually sad writing this... Inoteca used to be the gal's go to spot for great food, wine and atmosphere/service. Its been a little over a year since my last visit and boy have things gone south (new owners maybe?). We had a reservation for 9P (6 ppl) and at 9:45 were still waiting for our table. "Our" table had a group sipping bottomless espressos, so they sat us downstairs next to an incredibly obnoxious bunch. These ppl were out of control drunk, loud beyond belief and knocking over drinks... No one said a word to them and I'm pretty sure the manager was mopping up their mess. We couldn't hear s#$%! so were moved back upstairs. What followed was slowwww service, subpar food (I used to love the truffle egg toast- no more) and super loud rap music. Inoteca basically ruined our night. So many better spots in the area. Very sad.
Posted by docnusso on 11/05/2010
In a city with so much to choose from, how the heck i fell prey to a few overly kind reviews of this pretentious, overpriced, lackluster noisebox beats the hell outta me. The wine was average at best, and less so relative to price. The Piatti are tasteless and similarly gouge-o-matic. Granted, the thrust of the joint is primarily small plates, however this is a surprise to the uninitiated and no menu is displayed outside to allow a perusal of available fare. Avoid this loud, ridiculous waste of your calorie allotment and try one of the many other fine establishments in the area. I went for a burger after dining here and was far happier!!.
Posted by Nick on 06/05/2010
'inoteca has a nice ambience, good service, and a nice selection of wines. However, the food was a supreme disappointment. The restaurant feigns the appearance of an authentic Italian restaurant. However, the selection, preparation, and taste not only belie this claim of authenticity, but also left me completely dissatisfied with my meal. We got the prix fixe menu, and this is the first time that I can say I was honestly insulted by the food that the chef chose to serve to us. The first course was fine, but completely unmemorable. The second course consisted of meatballs, pasta, and panini. The pasta was rigatoni covered in oily cheese; it was nothing more in substance or taste than mac and cheese. The meatballs were meatballs and the panini was panini. Both are dishes that would never be served as a main course at an Italian restaurant. All of the main courses were incredibly cheap dishes with a very large mark up. If the main course didn't confirm that the owner seemed more intent to make money than to serve decent food, the desert left me feeling completely cheated. "Panna cotta" was served, but I'm still not convinced it wasn't greek yogurt. And if I hadn't had my fill of panini, the meal with a desert panini made from nutella on toasted white bread. I left disappointed, and my Italian girlfriend left insulted. In the future when I crave oily, poor quality, and unauthentic Italian food, I'll go to Sbarro. At least I won't feel cheated when I pay the bill.
Posted by anonymouse on 05/09/2010
Egg-plant Lasagna was good although very rich. Prosciutto cotto & spicy mayo tramezzini tasted just like a regular ham sandwich, meatballs tasted very processed with a fair share of starch-based fillers. However, Gorgonzola and grape bruschette was very good. The ambiance and service was good but if somewhere is arrogant enough to have an all Italian menu (which can only leave diners feeling ignorant when they have to have everything translated), the food should be amazing. Sorry guys, not worth it.
Posted by Eileen on 02/08/2010
So my friends and I left our comfort zone of the upper west side to journey downtown. The food is fun and really special. You bite, you make yummy noises and gesture happy mouth and entreat everyone to "taste this pesto. This is remarkable pesto". Rather you yell "taste this pesto." because the volume of the music was at such an unkind anti conversation, stupefying level. I don't get it. What's with the blast, especially in a place like this, where the focus should be good friends having a great time sharing this wonderful food and wine. The staff is nice and knowledgeable. I suspect they were all wearing earplugs.