Went to Frasca a week or so ago and while it was very good, I had a hard time believing all the hype this restaurant has received. I do consider myself a foodie, and I have been to the French Laundry, so I think I know good food. Maybe it is just me?
Things I noticed:
* the tables are stacked up along the back wall like a celeb haunt in LA or BH. Everyone in my party was fairly slender, but I had been a bigger person, the poor diner at the table next to me would have had my hiney in his face or plate when I got up to use the restroom. We hard a hard time concentrating on our conversation as there were 2 tables packed right next to us and we had to talk over their din. The servers also seemed to have a hard time getting food to the tables and pouring wine and water while squeezing between the tables.
* the food was overpriced for what you get. Like I said, it was good, but it certainly wasn't amazing. There were no specials on a Saturday night - I look for the specials to see what the chef is showcasing (either ingrediants or talent). Maybe Frasca can rest on the laurels of its chef and doesn't do specials, but IMO, the chef has the most opportunity to shine with off-the-menu offerings.
* I ordered the fish dish (pretty much the only thing that was GF on the secondi menu) and I asked for it without mushrooms. It still came with mushrooms. Normally that wouldn't be f a big deal for me, but for a restaurant with the reputation of Frasca, I would have hoped for my meal to come out properly prepared. I didn't feel like I could send it back because they were so busy that I would have received my non-mushroom meal after all my dining companions had finished.
The things that I loved were the gelato (good-sized portions for a good price) and the beautiful wine glasses. Other than that, I just don't get the hype. Am I missing something?