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Posted by Anonymous on 01/05/2009
I have to say that I agree with recent posts: this restaurant serves mediocre food with too much attitude. I have many favorite Italian spots in the city and many of them are in the village area. Save your dining experience for a place with good quality food (fresh ingredients, tasty combinations of flavors). La Focaccia rates very low for Italian food in NY.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/24/2008
I have been intending to go to La Focaccia for some time. The neighborhood is charming, and the restaurant seemed cozy with warm lighting, a Christmas tree centerpiece, etc. I was incredibly disappointed. The food was mediocre to poor and the service was underwhelming. My friends and I were discussing our favorite Italian restaurants during dinner, and noted that several of them were within walking distance of the sub-par restaurant that we were sitting in!! Go elsewhere and have a yummy meal, good wine, and feel happy as you leave. That will not be the case at La Focaccia.
Posted by new yorker on 12/23/2008
When looking up this restaurant to comment on our experience, eighty-eight (88!) Italian restaurants came up in the west village area. There is no shortage of options, and sometimes disregarding customer feedback is simply not worth having an unpleasant experience. The atmosphere at La Focaccia is lovely, the Christmas tree gives a warm glow. The tables are cramped and the chairs uncomfortable. All of this, I would forgive. What is not forgivable is the absence of service, the flavorless dishes, and stale, dry focacciathis restaurant's namesake. As the room filled up, we wondered how this restaurant has survived the years...perhaps location? Could the brick oven be the lure? Nevertheless, I implore anyone who is looking for fresh ingredients and a warm, delicious meal to look elsewherethere are an abundance of options within walking distance!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2008
We love La Foccaccia. We used to live around the corner from the place and ate there all the time . Now that we live out of the city, we try to get back when they can. They don't know us, but the staff have always treated us and our two small kids kindly including once a free strawberry/creme anglaise dessert. We love in particular the insalata focaccia, the gnocchi, the penne vodka and the pasta bolognese.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/17/2008
Last weekend, I took my friend out to dinner to celebrate her birthday. I made reservations at La Focaccia for 8:30pm. When we arrived, the hostess told us it would be just a minute. She was not very friendly and I think she was put-off by the way we looked (younger, less formal). We waited until 9:20pm to be seated and overheard another table complaining about the same (they waited 45 min. after their reservation and mandated drinks on the house). Once we were seated, the servers were rude, rushed, and impersonal. They did not tell us the specials, they barely spoke to us at all. The food was so-so, but not worth the $80 we spent given the way we were treated.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2008
Went here on a whim after waiting for a table forever at Da'Andrea. Incredibly delicious eggplant dish and vodka dish. Extremely rich and tasty. Wine was wonderful and waiter was very sweet. Love the complementary focaccia (rosemary) bread. Have returned and the results are consistent. Will return!
Posted by nycsuburb on 12/30/2007
We just had a wonderful dinner with friends to celebrate the holidays and we were all so impressed with the food, the ambiance and the service! In a city where all too often your table is turned quickly, it was so nice to have a nice leisurely dinner and not be rushed to finish. The waitstaff was attentive and helpful and the food is delicious. Can't wait to go back again!!