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Somewhat disappointed in...Babbo!


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Somewhat disappointed in...Babbo!

jme1beachbum | | Jun 12, 2008 10:10 AM

After battling on phones for reservation, waiting a month to eat, and finally getting the meal I've been anticipating, I was a bit let down. My biggest complaint- the air was broken. I know, petty but you try eating italian food and red wine when its at least 90 degrees inside! Every man in the place had rolled up sleeves, and extra napkins to wipe brows. I myself had on a summer dress and dripped with sweat. My complaint went with little response from waiter- "yeah it's broken, we know". We finally couldn't take it anymore, had our main course boxed up and went down the stairs to leave. Low and behold it was very cool, with many empty tables! I immediately asked for the manager, explained that we didn't finish our meal, and didn't even look at desserts due to the sweltering conditions. He let me know, the problem was being worked on, and there was nothing they could do. Also that the poor waitstaff had to deal with it and work too. Hm, am I wrong to be upset? He offered for us to finish our meal and join them for dessert at the bar downstairs, altho not comped. We left.

Ok so the positive side-
Antipasta- Hubbies grilled octupus was amazing, absolute high point. I had the salumi plate with several meats salumi, prosciutto, fatback, and calves tongue. Also very good, although the lardo was unique I don't think I'd eat it again. Very oily.
Primi/pasta- Hubbie got lambs brain pasta, great dish. Tender pasta, flavorful, delicious. Couldn't really taste the sage in the sauce, lemon was outstanding flavor. I had the goat cheese tortellini, again the pasta was phenomonal, filling was perfect.
Secondi- Lamb portion was huge. Flavor was a bit pedestrian. Something one could easily make at home. Rabbit was pretty good. Some of the textures were off, but otherwise good flavor.
Wine was a supertuscan chosen by a very friendly and knowledgeable sommlier.

If we went back, I would probably load up on the antipasta and pasta and skip the mains. I just hate that the meal was overshadowed by the atmosphere, I mean it was $250 no dessert and we didn't even finish eating. Couldn't they have gone out for some fans or portable ac units?

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