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Posted by Louis Casale on 04/23/2013
My wife and I booked a table at the Petrarca Restaurant. We are fond of Italian food so we thought that we'd give it a try. The starter artichokes were good, but the main courses was incredible bad. The fish was far fhe main course fresh, and totally pulped when touched and it was zealously over salted. One waiter was professional and helpful but the other waiter who spent most of his time behind the bar trying to look busy did not even ask if the meal was ok as he removed the almost untouched dishes from our table. In addition to that no offer of reduction in price was offered and it took more than 2 hours from our arrival in the restaurant untill the disasterour main course arrived. This was a total waste of an evening and I guess we will not be returning to that place to eat even for free.
Posted by MartyL on 11/06/2011
We've been going here for five years.Recently the service has become quite poor.The best example I can give is what I will forever call the biscotti incident. When serving the biscotti the bus boy dropped a few of them onto the table. The waiter was standing behind him. He took the fallen biscotti away.I expected someone to bring fresh ones back.My mistake.I then went up to the bar and asked for the manager or owner.I was introduced to the owner.I told him about all of the poor service and the biscotti.He looked at me and didn't say one word.Alas no biscotti.
Posted by Murray on 08/04/2011
Recommended this place by a friend last night. I had the cheese board and friend had the bolognese-both were excellent. Waiter was excellent, recommending a good (and reasonably priced) wine to go along with our respective meals. Portion sizes were not obscene like some Italian places, and the restaurant created a good vibe, even if it was a little empty late on a Monday night. Definitely recommend.
Posted by anonymous on 10/29/2009
I went to this restaurant because it's close to home and because it really looks lovely inside. So I decided to try it one night and I was really satisfied. I had a glass of lambrusco, fried zucchini and artichoke as appetizer followed by gnocchi. Couldn't be happier. It was all really good. Service was really nice too. It is a bit pricey and of course in Italy I wouldn't pay this much. But this is NY and the prices are what they are. This place is a bit more sophisticated so of course it charges more. I can't wait to go again. I've been dreaming about those gnocchi ever since. Yum!
Posted by rwcat44 on 08/17/2009
I'vee eaten at this place many times and always had a great food experiences, I am not a drinker so the the wine selections are lost on me, but the many friends that have joined me always came away satisfied with the entire experience. Don't miss the homemade biscotti for deserrt! I recommend Petrarca the everyone!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/31/2008
Stopped in since I was staying in the Tribeca area. The atmosphere was cozy and inviting, but that's where the compliments end. Food was just average (had the risotto), but the waitstaff attitude was as if this was the most exclusive, high-end restaurant in Manhattan. My biggest complaint was my server. She was rude, barely spoke to me, wouldn't come by to check on things, acted put out when I requested a dessert menu, etc. Won't be returning.
Posted by Tip on 08/01/2008
I went to this restaurant for lunch with three friends. The food was decent, but I was surprised that they charged an over 20% tip on our bill.