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Domenico for lunch: A review

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Domenico for lunch: A review

dkstar1 | Jan 8, 2004 04:39 PM

Just to follow up...had a quick and early lunch here today with my father. Atmosphere is pleasant: front bar seats maybe 8, the dining room has about 10 4 tops. Small, relatively quiet and a host of solo regulars. The wait staff was congenial, patient and not too pushy but standard in the sense that it was a basic repetoire with no real enthusiasm about particular dishes/specials, etc. I felt like eating heavy today, so I started with Spiedini with caper and anchovy sauce. The anchovy outweighed the capers just right. The cheese and bread was cooked in the traditional manner and was just right. For an entree I chose the pollo alla scinnatina (I know that's not right, sorry) which was chicken breast, prociutto and eggplant baked on top. Very tasty and a perfect portion. Served with a potato croquette and carrots/haricots verts.

This place has been around for 30 years and, I think, is owned by the same people that bring to us Salmon River (3 E. 40th St.) and Fagiolini (334 Lexington). At least they had all 3 business cards out and all three names/logos/addresses on the matchbox similar to the Tuscan Steak/China Grill/Asia de Cuba combo you might have seen. What struck me as odd is that it isn't Zagat rated (neither is Fagiolini) but Salmon River is.

In any event, a nice lunch for two (dad had a salad and the stuffed veal chop special), and four glasses of wine and an espresso was a decent $98.

$.02

MM

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