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Enoteca Drago (long)

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Enoteca Drago (long)

tissue | Feb 15, 2004 07:52 PM

I went there with BF for Vday dinner. In sum, the wines were good. THey had 2.5 oz pours, 5 oz pours, and quartino of about 50 wines, mostly Italian with a couple of french champagnes. Anyway, I was disappointed with the food. I know it's a new restaurant but they have a lot of kinks to work out. Service felt rushed. We were seated immediately upon arrival. They decorated each table with kitschy heart shaped helium balloons. It didn't match the decor, but oh well. Everyone was really friendly and attentive, if confused, throughout our whole meal. Bread was not warm and it wasn't very good. Busboy forgot to give us bread plates. BF and I started with a shared salad and then the foie gras raviolini with a truffle cream sauce. I had the special which was the scallops wrapped in speck with truffle mashed potatoes. BF had short ribs. They were nice enough to plate our shared salad and pasta separately. We ordered flights of wine. I started with the flight of champagne and he had the flight of whites (I forgot where, I think Lombardia). They were 2.5 oz pours, 4 different types. Very nice. They gave us this piece of paper, place mat type thing where you are supposed to place your wine on top and you can take notes on the wines. I thought it was a nice touch if a bit precious. But it wasn't a practical thing to do because once food arrived, it had to be placed on top of whatever notes on the wines we jotted down. The server and the manager also did not note which wine was what when they served us. I mean, isn't that important esp. when the wines are so similar? We had to ask them all 4 times we were presented with them. (Later I had a flight of nebbiolo and BF had a flight of Sicilian wines). The salad we had was not notable. Romaine, bacon bits, white beans, lightly dressed. The raviolini was ok. BF liked it a lot. I just thought it was rich and bland at the same time. Just missing an extra oomph factor. My scallops were ok. There were only 2 and one of them was a little overcooked. My BF's short ribs were really good, tender, flavorful. Portions were on the small side. I thought that since this was a enoteca, we would just order a lot of small plates and a pizza. But we were presented with this limited menu (it wasn't just for VDAY) with 4 salads, 4 pizzas (at a place that bills itself as a pizzeria?), 7 pastas, 7 entrees. Almost at the end of our meal, we were shown by one of the managers the actual Enoteca menu, which consisted of small plates. And also halfway into eating our entrees, one of the managers went around each table with a pizza margherita and passed out slices. BF's feelings were hurt, "how come we didn't get any free pizza?" The service was just very confused throughout the whole meal. The busboy at one point served us the wrong entrees, you guys split a chicken? Uhh... no. Dessert was ok. BF had lemon marscapone parfait that was really good. I had the panna cotta; I hated the panna cotta. They put too much gelatin in it and it was chewy like a gummy bear although the mango sorbet that came with it was delicious. I wouldn't come back unless I just wanted to drink wine. The place feels like it has an identity crisis. Should it go higher end and use better ingredients in all its dishes to justify $29 for an entree? Or should it be more casual and give out bigger portions? Should a place that calls itself a pizzeria only have 4 types of pizzas? I really wish I went to AOC instead but it was completely booked. $220 for 2 including tax and tip. So not worth it.

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