I took two friends here last night because i'd heard so many good things about the place from so many people, including ones on this board. But for the $82 I spent on my portion I felt a little cheated. We each ordered one appetizer, one entree and skipped dessert because we were full and had been let down by the entrees.
The appetizers were good overall, a nice poppy seed studded raviolis with beets inside in a lovely butter sauce. Also the baccata monteca (sp?) was very nice, with a "beaten" sort of pressed stock fish on polenta cakes, served oddly tho with a side of al dente carrots and raisins. The special sort of fish pate wasn't that great though, and they found it odd when we asked for extra brioche since we were all sharing everything. And every time they brought a course, we had to ask for extra plates, even though we told them from the beginning that we were all sharing everything.
The pork chop entree was delicious, possibly the best pork chop I've ever had, cooked beautifully medium rare. However, the boiled beef was overcooked and tasted like something my grandmother might've made, not something you pay $33 for a restaurant, and were served with very basic vegetables that looked like a side you would get a sizzler. No emphasis on presentation either. They had warned us that the venison was cooked all the way through and we were curious to try it that way, but were disappointed with the taste, which to me was more or less indistinguishable from the beef, and it was served with gnocci that weren't cooked enough.
They did make a nice bellini, with prosecco and peach flavor. The first wine we tried had a sour flavor, so we opted instead for the $20 caraffe, which was ok.
I would not go back, not when there are so many great restaurants in this city. I would also not recommend it to others.
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