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Posted by Anonymous on 12/15/2008
i went here with friends one night & it was great that we had reservations, otherwise we wouldve waited an hour or so on a thursday night, but that wouldve been fine because the bar is large & the wine is delicious. All of our dishes were great (3 of us got pasta dishes, one got a salad & antipasti), & pretty reasonably priced. We all LOVED the ambiance. The one negative thing about this place is that the waitress seemed to really want to turn the table over a little too desperately. This was annoying, but on the whole, great food, great atmosphere, wonderful place. Just make sure to have a reservation.
Posted by Name on 12/11/2008
Was there recently with some friends and after we were seated, given bread and water, we were completely ignored. After about 12 minutes I went and tracked down someone to help us. A couple of minutes later the waitress showed up and was trying to rush us through placing our order. It was a busy night, not a mad weekend busy night, but this was just a bit rude. Now, she was knowledgeable and was able to help us out and made some good suggestions. Later we had to ask someone else for another bottle of wine and only saw her once during the meal. It just seemed very unorganized or understaffed. Maybe both? The food was very good (excellent cheese plate, wonderful and fresh very thin crust pizzas) and the wine selection is overwhelming! I would definitely like to try this place again maybe late afternoon or another less busy time. Can't imagine what a nightmare it must be on the weekend.
Posted by gail444 on 12/01/2008
This place can be good if you know what to order and what to avoid. I have been here a few times and know to avoid the pizza and pasta. The vegetables are good - the ones that you can order for $4 each. The daily bruschetta is very good (especially on Saturday) and the salads are nice. I tried the cheese for the first time and was not crazy for any of them but went crazy over the brandied cherries that come on the side! And, of course, this place does have the best gelato in town - in terms of flavor and selection of interesting flavors.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/02/2008
Agree with an earlier review - this would be a great place for some wine and cheese after work. The cheese selection and the honey / apricots / cherries was very good. Pizza and pasta were distinctly average. Pasta dry and boring. I don't know about the person from NYC who wrote another of the reviews who claimed this was the best pizza they'd ever eaten. Have you just been let out of prison? For christ's sake, you can get better pizza in the UK which is saying something.
Posted by Extremely Disappointed! on 10/23/2008
We were told it would be a 45 minute wait. We should have left right then but decided to stick it out at the bar. an hour and a half later...we are seated at a table. So I'm thinking "it's going to be worth the wait" wrong! We ordered some cheeses, prosciutto and olives that were very good. I was happily enjoying for about 5 minutes when my pizza came. I told the waiter I was not finished with the cheese, prosciutto, and olives and wanted to finish them. He either didn't hear me or didn't care because he just took my plate and placed my pizza in front of me. There was no room on the table to put it elsewhere and he brought it out way too early. The pizza was nothing special and I would have rather finished the cheeses, prosciutto and olives i ordered with my wine. After waiting for over an hour you would think the wait staff would let us enjoy our meals instead off rushing us out and clearing the table before we even finished. This was one of the most disappointing experiences I have had at a restaurant in a long time.
Posted by Massimo in Brooklyn on 10/11/2008
This is definitely the place to hang out if you are (or want to be) part of the NYU crowd. Great if you like extremely noisy places where you have to shout in order to have a "conversation." The food, however, is average (thin crust pizza yes, but very salty crust and sauce), and the prices are not exactly on the cheap side. Good selection of wines and cheeses though.
Posted by whatsforlunch on 09/29/2008
The food is outstanding, consistent, extremely well priced and fresh. The atmosphere is welcoming, warm, festive and clean. The barstaff is knowledgable and they get friendlier the more you come in and if you tip them well. I come here all the time and sit at the bar for hours. Mario is a genius. My favorite dishes are the caponata, peas with prosciutto, pasta al norma and the pasta with butternut squash. The cheeses and meats are wonderful and the cheese condiments (apricot and red pepper, stewed cherry and truffle honey) are divine!