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Posted by Gluten Free Vegetarian Crusader on 01/10/2008
Risotteria is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. The pizza is amazing, as is the Caeser salad, and the fudgie. The ingredients are fresh and top notch. My first time coming here over two years ago, I got teary eyed when I sat down and was served gluten free breadsticks and beer. What a treat to go out and eat like a normal person again! What's even better, is this is a place I'm not ashamed to bring my non-dietary restricted friends too - they rave about Risotteria nearly as much as I do. Thank you Risotteria - you are a godsend.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2008
Food is great especially for gluten free people. It's a specialty place for people of special diets so dont expect any cheap eat for bowl of rice. Portions are small if you're just going for risotto so order a lot. Desserts are fantastic for gluten free people. Not much seating capacity so expect a wait on weekends.
Posted by Jesse on 01/02/2008
Stopped in there with my girlfriend the other night. We both loved it. The food was freshly prepared with super fresh ingredients. My only real complaint was they were out of the wine of the month which should have been $15 and had nothing to offer as a replacement. All in all even with a more expensive bottle ($22 for a nice pinot noir) which was still very reasonable and quite tasty it was $75 with tax and tip for 2 risotto's and a large salad to share as well as the mentioned wine. My girlfriend and I both agreed we will definitely be back and soon. This place is definitely great comfort food that warms you up on a cold winters night or anytime for that matter. Enjoy.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/13/2007
The past two times I've been by, the service has been less than fantastic. The most recent time was the worst, with the girl taking names for tables laughing at us when we asked how long it would be for a table for 4. We didn't stay for dinner. Hopefully this is just a hiccup since the food is usually great and many of us are a bit of a captive audience with respect to gf pizza and panini.
Posted by canijusa on 09/10/2007
All the previous reviews have bits of reality, but in my opinion the worst part is that it's really small. i've been coming here since they were in the Time Out's Cheap Eats category, and it is disappointing to have seen the prices go up, but overall, I love how customizable EVERY menu item is. I really enjoy specific ingredients and I love loading up my risotto with exactly what I want. And the pizza. And the salads...Also, definitely get the white bean and calamari starter, always delicious! Over the 7+ years i've been going they are always incredibly consistent. I've never even had a touch of stomach problems (i have a very sensitive tummy), the staff is always pleasant and often engaging...and even though they are really small and I know they want to turn the table over, I never feel rushed. I will keep going again and again!
Posted by tenaciousdeanes on 08/15/2007
All right so there are a few things to note about rissoteria. As one of the few restaurants in New York where you can get totally gluten free food that doesn't taste like yesterdays stale cardboard Rissoteria get's an A in our book. The prices are a little high but gluten free ingredients are considerably more expensive than 'regular' and I think the prices of the 'regular' food may be a little artificially high to keep the prices of the gluten free items reasonable enough. The bread sticks are amazing, the meatballs are the best we've ever ever ever had (gluten free or not) and that mini layer cake.... OHHH that mini layer cake! it's true the rest of the food isn't over the moon amazing but it's perfectly serviceable. The waitstaff is really friendly and we love the laid back atmosphere. Plus my husband doesn't have to deconstruct the entire menu to figure out what he can and can't eat. It's good food and it's gluten free, that works for us!
Posted by NJDave on 07/17/2007
Went here on July 13th. Apparently the air-conditioning was on the fritz, so it was an extremely hot and uncomfortable atmosphere. Add hot risotto on top of that and the sweat was pouring down my face as well my dining partner's. I was also concerned about the amount of flies in the restaurant too. They seemed to be everywhere. Prices were exorbitant for risotto - especially when that's mostly what is served (do you not get good deals from your suppliers on your primary food ingredients?) - maybe $6 to $10, but not $12 to $18. Might possibly re-experience, but most likely not. Most likely will not recommend. Service was good, quick.