We cancelled our Vetri rez for the evening; somehow the more casual menu was more appealing. Wanted to love it, but couldn't help but be disappointed, despite pleasant service, and obvious caring of management to meet and greet.
The most disappointing dish was the canneloni. Veal filling t was minced too fine, taste of the sauce overpowered the delicate pasta and filling; portion size much too small; this was more of an appetizer than a main dish in terms of portion size. I was able to give constructive criticism for the Chef, which was received appreciatively.
My seafood grill was tasty, but very sparse, for $22. Two shrimp, some skate, a tiny bit of swordfish and one itty bitty squid; two tiny squares of polenta. Stuffed clam appetizer again, tasty, but not much clam evident, even though the flavor was there. The artichokes, Jewish style were beautiful: deep fried, but no marinade, so flavor was lowkey. ($10 for a pretty appetizer)
Hubby;s polenta broiled with brown butter had way too much butter. Desserts were the high point: hubby chose pear tart; mine the Reserva Cheese plate, not on the regular menu. $12 for three tasty smidges of cheese: winner of the night, tres leche soft cheese, with milk from cow, goat and sheep. Outstanding! I'm going to look for that one at Di Bruno's.
DEcor is high industrial modern; informal, huge bar, high noise level as evening progressed; fun he/she restrooms; attractive all in all. Parking situation not easy on the street. Nice vibe; mostly male customers; expense account perhaps?
As I said, I really wanted to love this, perhaps to find a place to eat at regularly, but it missed the mark for me, despite a lot of thought that went into the planning.