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Antico Forno - disappointing


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Antico Forno - disappointing

zach272 | | Jan 14, 2008 04:48 PM

Went to Antico Forno for a low-key date after it got some decent reviews on the board as a midrange North End spot. Started off with the "foccaccina" - essentially a pile of standard salad mix and nondescript goat cheese on some fairly tasty focaccia wedges...I mean, it was well-dressed, but not too different from your basic garden salad. Entrees - I had the chicken saltimbocca, which was large and mediocre, covered in overly sharp "fontina" (might as well have been deli provolone) and rubbery mushrooms and bathed in a disappointingly thin madeira sauce. It came with spinach and roasted potatoes on the side that alternated between perfectly cooked and quite underdone. My companion had the gnocchi, which were perfectly edible but not much more - just a crock of fairly bland pasta with thin red sauce (oh, sorry, "plum tomato sauce") and rubbery melted cheese. Service was low-key and moderately attentive until the meal's end, at which point we apparently ceased to exist to the waitstaff for a good long while.
All in all, thoroughly disappointing. Thankfully, we were able to make amends by ducking out to Modern Pastry for a box of cannoli. Next time I'm in the North End, I'm sticking to Pizzeria Regina - cheaper, better, and more interesting, if not exactly romantic.