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Posted by Anonymous on 12/10/2011
We loved this place the first few times we tried it. Great selection of wine with ok prices (at this point I basically expect wine lists to be a rip off). We basically go there for pizza and salad which are both always very good. Service goes from very good, (great sommelier who knows his wine), to subpar- rude, snotty, even one server yanked our bottle of wine from the table when it still had about a third left.. Plus side is pizza and wine in a great looking space and cool feeling bar scene. Gets too crowded and loud- too hot upstairs sometimes; the service needs to be improved. Lowdown: We keep looking for a new pizza place in the area, but for the time being, we go to Cotta!
Posted by Amelia Eve on 10/26/2011
Cotta has brought back the charm to a lovely neighborhood space, a major improvement over the former Señor Swanky's. As a bar, it's cozy and inviting. But as a restaurant it has some major flaws. The servers seem very disorganized and don't really know the menu, and the tables are small and awkwardly placed. Once we managed to find room for both our wine glasses and our plates, we tried some of the house special "truffle fries." They were decent fries, but I couldn't detect anything truffley about them, and they were served with a boring ketchup for dipping. We tried again with an order of meatballs, but they were bland and crumbly. Since our wine wasn't very inspiring either, we gave up on having a meal and went home for the rest of our dinner. Also, if you sit at the outdoor tables, you can smell a whiff of something dank and sewerlike coming up from the alley next door. A very unappetizing turn-off.
Posted by Neighbor on 08/20/2011
Their Vongole is soooo salty! I've never had anything so over salted, and with such chewy clams (chewier than usual). Apart from their Vongole, I love this place. It's a great neighborhood joint, and you can tell the servers, and owners care about it. You can see them walking around and talking to guests, making sure everything's OK. The rest of the food, at least the other food that I've tried, is pretty good. And their Mojito is super yummy! Really, my only suggestion is to fix the vongole! PLEASE! :)
Posted by Writinganegativereviewsucks on 08/19/2011
I've never written a negative review on here, EVER, but then I had to go and visit Cotta. Quick rundown: Advised server that I have an allergy/intolerance to gluten/wheat, and then asked if I could order the pork chop. She checked with the chef; he says yes, but without the onion rings on top. I say fantastic, no onion rings on top. We're in business. Plate of food arrives. Large, beautiful, TOXIC-to-my-system onion rings, sittin' right there on top. I ask the gentleman who brought the plate if I can have a new dinner, b/c I'm allergic to the onion rings on this one. He scoots behind a counter, comes back 13 seconds later, hands me the plate, crumbs from swiftly chucked off onion rings sitting on top of the pork chop. I completely hate asking a chef to make a meal over again, because I KNOW how much they hate it; fortunately most restaurants are totally agreeable and tend to have gluten-free menus. He didn't have to agree to make the meal for me in the first place. But he had agreed to make it without the onion rings, so... come on. I talk to the server; she asks the chef to please make it again. Server comes back to our table, says, "the chef said 'Nothing will happen to you.'" Apparently, the chef is a wise ass. I should have gotten the chef's name, because I'm sure not all of them are that bad. But our collective jaws dropped when the server told us his words. Not cool, specific-chef-who-is-hopefully-an-exception-at-this-establishment. Not cool.
Posted by anonymous on 07/21/2011
Great wine, tasty food, love the decor but the staff and service need work. The slow staff and the snippy hostess are the only drawbacks.
Posted by LivinInAllentown on 05/09/2011
We were looking for coffee but found this little gem and loved it! I felt like we were back in Tuscany or Paris. Ordered a few small tapas-style nibbles (bruchetta, olives, brocolli rabe) and coffee. Have absolutely no complaints and wish we didnt have anywhere to go later! Would have been nice to enjoy some champagne or something and laze the afternoon away! Theyd do well to have some tables outside and it sounded like they might soon. I wish I lived in NYC!
Posted by Michael Bronfenbrenner on 05/06/2011
the place has a wonderful neighborhood feel, the wine selection is excellent, the food selection diverse, and the tastek--simply superb. the pizza's are unique, and if you have the chocolate hazel dessert, you will go to heaven. The only thing to keep you away, is that the portions are not huge--but who needs that anyway? This is a must, you will become a regular.