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Lo Scalco

marge | Aug 8, 2005 10:11 PM

We were really excited to dine here, after reading several wonderful reviews...alas, we were sorely disappointed. The joint was empty on a Friday night (well, you know, the regular customers were all at the Hamptons, as per our server..). So, for us peasants not fortunate enough to get outof the city on a sweltering August weekend, the chef offered a special 5 course tasting menu for $100 for two. First course was a salad of microgreens with 3 small (SMALL) grilled shrimp and a couple of stalks of asparagus. Very tasty. Next...two triangular raviolis stuffed with ricotta cheese. Delicious, but two more would have been welcomed. Next course, two, again two, small gnocchis stuffed with minced veal. Again, delicious, but two more would have been appropriate. Perhaps the most bizarre course was number four, a mozzarella stuffed chicken breast, which, in all of my years of dining throughout the world, I have NEVER encountered a smaller portion of chicken. Indeed, if this chicken weighed one ounce, I'd be surprised. One child's chicken finger is larger than the chicken we were served, I kid you not. We had to laugh (well, we had to! Even though this tasting menu was "only" $50 per, we were served perhaps $2 worth of chicken....). Dessert was full sized--panna cotta, and a requested cheese plate. The LEAST expensive wine on the list was $38, with most selections hovering close to $100. Bottom line, if you are a Hamptons going supermodel who doesn't eat and spends a lot of money, Lo Scalco is the place. For the rest of us, plan on eating something before and after...and increase your credit card limit!

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