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Lia's in Hartsdale- Long and Sad

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Lia's in Hartsdale- Long and Sad

Deborah | Aug 7, 2005 09:28 AM

I'm sorry to report we had an awful dinner there last night. The place was packed, but we had a reservation which was honored no problem. However, the service was clearly stressed, and it took a good 30 minutes of back and forth before the wine bottle was brought (the first bottle we ordered was apparently out of stock, but still on the menu).
We were seated near the door, and the a/c was definitly struggling. At some points in the meal it seemed to be working well, at other times we were more than a bit uncomfortable.
At no point in the dinner did the waiter come to refill wine glasses, and it took three requests to get the bread tray refilled. (They never offered, nor did we ask, for a refill on the olive dish).
We sat for quite a while before dragooning our harried waiter to take our order.
I thought the prices on the menu were reasonable until I saw the size of the dishes. The salads were truly laughably small. The grilled octopus Friend #1 ordered looked about normal size, and he did say it tasted good.
For main dishes, my husband ordered lamb, which was mediocre and also small in quantity (like that old Borsht Belt joke about how was the food - terrible, and such small portions!).
Friend 2 ordered the rigatoni bolognese, and said it was no better than chef boyardee (and again, not a stunning amount of food).
Friend 1 and I were not that hungry, so we ordered two pizettas to share. The Margharita was quite ordinary and bland, but the one with asiago was tasty, if a bit salty. Crusts on both "pies" were anemic and did not taste of anything.
I had read that the lemon panna cotta was worth ordering, which we did, along with the dessert sampler. While the panna cotta was ok, the dessert sampler was so tiny we literally laughed out loud when we saw it. It was, as Friend 2 put it, a dessert plate for leprechauns. It contained some of the panna cotta (although the texture and temperature were compromised by the smallness of the container - it tasted like warm lemon yogurt), some chocolate thing which was probably a molten souffle/fallen cake, but was so minute you would need a microscope to positively identify, and some tiny fried balls - truly I have no idea what these were supposed to be, and I didn't have the menu to refer back to. They were hilarious.
Because of two bottles of wine, other drinks, coffee, etc., the bill was well over $200 before tip; this would not be an excessive amount at all in a good restaurant - in fact, quite a bargain. However, considering the size of the portions served, the mediocrity of worse of the food, the complete lack of service (we were there for over 3 hours!), the noise level, the heat level, the very so-so wine list (no Italian whites in an Italian restaurant in the summer?), I have to say Lia's is defintily a pass. Too bad, because we could walk here if we wanted to stroll into Hartsdale.
I would be interested in other people's experiences, but for us, we're done.

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