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Posted by Anonymous on 05/10/2006
My husband and I have now been here three times and are going back this Friday for our 4th. This place is fabulous! You read the descriptions on the menu and are a little hesitant but this is some of the best food I've ever had! The seafood pasta is to die for, as is the pork tenderloin. My husband had the beef last time which was also amazing. Sometimes their specials are better than what's on the menu. I highly recommend this place. Don't let the creative menu scare you, the food is down right fabulous!
Posted by I likes on 03/30/2006
All the pasta are very good. I beg to differ w/ below reviewr, the wild boar and gnocchi is very good, the cocoa is subtle. The pumpkin ravioli is excellent, as is the lasagna. The seafood pasta dish also nice. The knock is the meat and cheese, too little for too much, but the appetizers are solid, including the aforementioned zucchini. Daily specials can be good, and waiters know their way around recco'ing what is good. Nice room (watch your step) and anything to do with service or friendliness is distinctly Roman/Italian - aometimes you just have to ask for stuff, it's not always a given on water, refills, drinks, etc. It's a good place. It's fairly priced. Stay downtown if you live there, but it's a really good neighborhood option without the wait around the corner.
Posted by DinegirlNYC on 03/29/2006
I am a long-time fan and regular at Cacio e Pepe, Spiga's downtown counterpart, and there are few NYC restaurants I visit on repeat occasions (in the interest of trying out new places). So I had high hopes for Spiga. The atmosphere was quite charming. We started with the zucchini timbale, which was admittedly tasty, but the trio cod appetizer, while interesting, was not the culinary nirvana some reviews made it out to be. Even more disappointing was the Cocoa Gnocchi with wild boar ragu, which all the reviews raved about. Wild boar can be excellent when done well, but in this case overpowered the flavor of the gnocchi...which itself was bitter. The mushroom and gorgonzola lasagna brought back some of the freshness and zest reminiscent of Cacio e Pepe, and another person praised the pumpkin ravioli. For dessert, 2 people ordered the white chocolate souffle, which we were warned would take 15 min. Our server only brought back one, and two people opted to share it, rather than wait another 15. We got a simple apology and no offer to bring out another dessert. The ricotta in the napoleon was fresh but the dessert had an overall dry effect, and was immersed in an overpowering cantaloupe sauce. I would definitely go back to Cacio e Pepe, but would not run back to Spiga.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/14/2006
I ate at Spiga recently on a busy Saturday night. The service was attentive, prompt and friendly. For my appetizer I chose the Baccala in Tre Modi, three small, but exquisite portions, each a contrast of taste or texture--the soft whipped cod vs. the crunchy polenta, the salted fried cod vs. the sweet lemon marmelade. For the primo, the cocoa gnocchi with wild boar ragu. This is exactly the type of food that is served in excellent restaurants in Italy today. Take ancient ideas--gnocchi, wild boar ragu, and add a twist--the cocoa. It's delcious. And for the secondo, I picked orata baked in a salt crust. I ate this on the island of Elba last September, so I had to try it. I was not disappointed. When it was time to choose dessert I had no room left, so I finished with a glass of the Moscato di Pantelleria, a favorite after dinner wine from an island south of Sicily. I really enjoyed my meal at Spiga, and I have recommended it to all my food-loving friends.
Posted by spec80 on 03/14/2006
The lighting and atmosphere are perfect for a romantic date (not a first date though). The service is attentive while remaining to be unobtrusive. It's a small place but the tables weren't squished together to the point that we were on sitting on top of the two tops next to us. We ordered the Zucchini Timballo (highly recommended) and a plate of genoa salami, culatello and lonza (it was good but for the price I didn't think it was as worth it). Then the Gnocchi (I thought the dish was good but it was played up from other reviews I didn't think it was crazy amazing) and the Duck (which I thought was amazing). For dessert we had the marscapone (VERY good) and the ricotta napolean (it was okay but it's in comparison to the marscapone.. also I thought the cantaloupe sauce wasn't that prounounced so I couldn't really appreciate it) and a macchiato and cappucino (both good). I would love to come here again and explore more of the menu. It's inventive and unpretentious. Though one thing I hated was the couple we were sitting next to who insisted on altering every dish they ordered to comply with their dietary needs (vegetarians and "I don't eat flour"). Please, if you want to go to a newly opened, or any, restaurant where it's obvious the chef spent a significant amount of time tweaking flavors to perfection and you want to dictate the preparation of your food, stay at home and cook.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/10/2006
Finally a nice quaint, homey Italian restaurant in the neighborhood. We had a great experience. The staff, from the hostess, to the server, to the chef, were all very friendly and helpful. The environment was great, very intimate. The food was excellent,. The filet mignon, red snapper, pumpkin ravioli, the everyone in our group loved their meal. Be sure to call for a reservation. I walk by there everynight, and it's always crowded.
Posted by A. on 02/15/2006
The Valentine's prix fix was quite disappointing. They tried so hard reaching way beyond their ability with dishes like "Italian sashimi" and champagne and oyster risotto, but even basics like tomato and basil gnocchi and tiramisu were not very good. At $60 plus wine and coffee (and the decaf was awful), I felt robbed. The only reason I will try it again is that the entree-- pistacchio crusted lamb-- was perfect. A good, basic, delicious, tender dish. It makes me think that if I go back for a normal meal and stick to simple meat and pasta dishes, I might have a better experience. The ambiance is also warm, simple and welcoming.