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Posted by JAC9966 on 10/20/2010
Yes, it's expensive... but so are white truffles. This is the best pasta I've ever eaten, counting Italy! I love that the waiters would rather you tell them what you like, then chef creates something for you rather than only off the menu. It's cozy & feels like you're at an Italian holiday. The food is amazing. Service is not fall all over you sappy, but they want you to have what you want & like it! I couldn't decide between 2 dishes, they gave me a plate with both. My sister didn't want a full plate of truffle pasta, so they gave her 1/2 portion. I think they're very accommodating & dream about my next trip back to NYC & truffle pasta!
Posted by Reality Check on 07/20/2009
The food here is very very good. It's not the best Italian restaurant in the city, but it's definitely in the top 10. Given the options on the upper east, it's about the best you're gonna get from a food perspective. Cost are absolutely outrageous. Everything on the menu is roughly $10 more per plate than what it should be. That includes pastas, pollo selections, etc. The real danger zone is the specials. These are so far out of line with the menu prices that I find it almost fraudulent that they don't have them written down with the associated prices. At a minimum, the servers should say. I know a lot of people don't like that thinking it's cheesy, but when the prices are so off scale from the menu offerings I think it's the right ethical, not to mention smart, thing to do. Nothing worse than having a nice meal and then feeling sick after seeing the check. Those places will never get good word of mouth business and in this economy that's a big mistake. I'd sum my feeling about this place as follows. I think the food is very good and it still feels like a place to go on a special occasion. That said it's not per se and shouldn't be charging per se like prices.
Posted by Galasso on 06/28/2009
Expensive? Yes, but i come from from the old school that if you have to ask then you can't afford it. I am from Las Vegas and have eaten at Scalinatella many many times and the food is exceptional and a very fun atmosphere to bring the family. Did i mention the Linguini and white clams are second to none?
Posted by anonymous on 03/16/2009
How they get away with the prices they charge is beyond me. The quality of the food, the atmosphere and the service certainly don't warrant it. I have no problem paying $150-200 pp for a meal in the city, and I do quite often - but the meal has to warrant it. This meal didn't. I ordered a bottle of wine the waiter suggested (it was NOT on the menu) - they charged me $90 for the wine, although I suspect the price might vary depending on the mood of the waiter, or how he sizes up his next victim, oh, I mean next customer. Two weeks later, in another eastside Manhattan restaurant, I ordered the EXACT bottle of wine - it was ON the menu - at $50.00 !!
Posted by Debbie on 02/09/2009
If you like dining in a basement, packed in like sardines, jostled by waiters and most of all, paying for overpriced, overrated food, then this is the place for you! I am not adverse to spending a lot on dining out in Manhattan, but this place wins the rip-off award. They recite the "off the menu" specials in a way that implies that if you order from the menu, you're "not in the know". They don't tell you the prices - when the bill comes, the shock sets in - how about $32 for pasta with "lobster" sauce, and not a morsel of lobster in it. The wine list is very expensive - the waiter suggested an "off the menu" (they love this off- the- menu stuff) bottle of wine for only $90..(a bargain!). The food was ok, by no means great, and I kept rubbing elbows with the man at the table next to me. The topper to the whole evening was when the check came. It was a whopping $595 (there were 3 of us) - that's without the tip. I did a quick mental check and calculation (handwritten bill is- hard to read), and I came up with a number about $100 LESS than I was being charged. I called over the waiter, and asked him to please go over the bill, as I believed I was overcharged & their addition was wrong. He came back a few minutes later, smirking, and said "So sorry senora, the bill is correct". I am not an accountant's daughter for nothing, so, undaunted, I added up the numbers one more time. I was CERTAIN I was right, and they were wrong. I called the waiter over once again (he seemed annoyed this time), and told him to please check the addition again! I saw him huddle with 2 others in the corner - then another man came over , and said how sorry they were, that I WAS correct, and they were wrong! The new, corrected tab came to $489. I took another look at this revised check, and what do you know - I had been charged $95 for each of the 2 bottles of wine - not the $90 we had been quoted! Yes - I had to call the waiter over once again - and now the final check came to $479 - I had been overcharged (and almost ripped off) to the tune of $116! They said they were sorry - another man came over and asked what he could do - I had already settled with the waiter (finally) and I said - you can try not to cheat others, and get it right for then the first time! I couldn't wait to get out of there. What a fiasco. So, beware & check your bill.
Posted by anonymous on 12/20/2008
I just called the restaurant a few minutes ago to ask how far the restaurant was from the hotel I am staying. I am not familiar with New York. The woman who answered the phone sighed and was very annoyed all she did is give me the address to the restaurant and told me she didn't know how far it was. Next I asked her to spell the name of the restaurant so I called look up the menu on the computer and all she did is say the name of the restaurant three times slowly and acted like I was a moron when I still asked her to spell. If this is their way of treating people before you even get in the door, I not wasting my money there. I will ask for another recommendation from my hotel.
Posted by Chris on 12/18/2008
I am not cheap and entertain client's regularly in NY, but this place has gotten out of control. $500 for 2 people including tip. This was for 2 appetizers, 2 main courses, 2 desserts and 4 drinks (please note - NO bottle of wine). It seems that what they have decided to do is offer specials without prices. The appetizer that I got had truffels and they charged a price that is "not in line with the market". My feeling is that if a special does not have a price and it is more then $100 - the waiter should politely mention it. The food was good, but I will not go back. It is not the cost that will keep me away, it is their way of doing business. There are plenty of other Italian options in this great city.