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Posted by Marzi on 07/15/2009
We went to restaurant week lunch and the food was great. The chef is really from Italy, and the antipasti are fantastic. The maitre d's are very nice, but there was a designated waitress who seemed to be an actress and not a serious concerned professional and who seemed to have too many tables. The bus boys and others filled in and they were helpful. Why don't restaurants just hire the bus boys to wait on tables - who have a more serious attitude? Will definitely go back but recommend they fix the service problems.
Posted by Massimo in Brooklyn on 02/04/2009
I have been at Trattoria a few times, and every time I have a nice enough experience, and yet think the place is a bit overrated, and most importantly, overpriced. Sure, it's across from Carnegie Hall, and the food is good, if not particularly inventive. The service is also up to par, and yet the atmosphere isn't intimate or friendly. A mixed bag, worth it once in a (long) while.
Posted by H Simms on 07/09/2008
Went for lunch. Not crowded, nice atmosphere. Service was very good. We enjoyed the paper thin pizza!!!
Posted by MariaOlga on 06/26/2008
Noisey and crowded.. great food, service slow. Maitre 'D tried to be funny, did not work. I would go back just to enjoy the delicious Polenta w/ 3 meats. Very good!
Posted by Ali on 04/29/2008
My friend hyped this restaurant up so much that I had huge expectations. I was very disappointed because the food came out cold, the sauce tasted like it came from a can and the portions were small. Maybe I came on a bad night but our table did not even order an appetizer and the bill was surprising very high. This city has so many amazing restaurants that this one is totally not worth your money.
Posted by RFun NYC on 02/04/2008
Had lunch there last week with five work colleagues and it was excellent. The pizza is the best in NYC. I had the lasagna that was very good. Definitely will return in the near future.
Posted by Bettina on 01/30/2008
Trattoria dell'Arte is a pre-theater favorite when we're seeing a show at Carnegie Hall. It's been a while, though, and last night was good news/bad news. The good news is that the service and food are reliably good. Their fried artichokes are divine! As a main, I had the claypot red snapper "Livornese," which was perfectly prepared and seasoned. My friend wasn't as happy as I was, he had the rotisserie chicken, which was very ordinary. Now the bad news. I don't remember the dining room being as crowded as it is. Did they add a row of tables? Our table was the size of a postage stamp, and we were constantly bumped by the waiters and other diners. Not their fault, since there wasn't room for even a waif to pass without pressing up to someone. And the noise level! Carmine's is serene compared to Trattoria dell'Arte. Will I be back? Probably, I do love their artichokes. But it'll be a while. I much prefer to have a conversation over dinner, not scream across a tiny table.