Went today and had:
Cannelini, radicchio, cippola rossa salad
Beet, Burrata, mixed green salad
Papardelle with duck ragu
Bottle of an '01 Nebbiolo, forget the label
Salads were good, very fresh and very quality. I suppose...well, it's very authentic in it reminds me of the salads I had in Italy, which is to say simply chopped vegetables and lettuces seasoned only with olive oil and vinegar...but goddamn, I'm going to start carrying around a box of Maldon salt with me. The cannelinis were really beautiful, perfectly cooked and uniform, no broken or mushy beans, I can appreciate that having tried to cook perfect cannelinis at home. 1 teaspoon, that's all I need. 1 teaspoon of salt here...
The much lauded lasagna was very good. Not too heavy. The duck pasta was very good too. Everything solid and basic.
Affogato was perfect. Not cloyingly sweet, nicely bitter and rich.
It didn't get too crowded, good noise level, a very nice lunch. Server was somewhat of a jerk. Made a point to correct my pronounciation several times regarding the maker of the Nebbiolo. Piedmontese names throw me off, sue me. I think it's because my friend and I have German features...I overheard him speaking in Italian to another table that he was from Genoa...
Bill came to 140 or so, I think. Friend picked up the bill. Not to get didactic here, but I really wish it was possible to get food like this, that is to say reasonably authentic, simple, high quality Italian food, for the same price you get it in Italy. For what amounts to a "good, not spectacular" meal I feel it's a little overpriced, not much, but it's expensive enough so that I couldn't eat here as often as I should, perhaps. (yeah yeah, that's pretty much everywhere, right?)