I'm wondering if any of the other hounds have tried Marco's, the new Franny's offshoot yet? We had quite a good dinner there the other night - there is good cooking going on in that kitchen and a slightly less bustling atmosphere than franny's in a comfortable room (garden is now open too).Marco's looks to be a good alternative to convivum, al di la, and their ilk for a more ambitious meal in the Slope/Prospect Hts neighborhood.
Just to note some highs and relative lows, my husband's sorrel soup was bright green and delicious - my tagliatelle with prosciutto and a goodly dose parmigiano reggiano was buttery deliciousness, deeply evocative of the E-R region - Id go back just for this dish. On the other hand, his roasted sausage dish (presumably house made sausages) were quite good but lacked any wow factor, and my roasted squid with greens and croutons, while good, came off as a little too austere - it would have been improved if the dish bit more oil to bring out the squid flavor and meld it - it essentially read as a salad. A wedge of wood roasted cabbage with honey and calabrian hot peppers was perfectly lovely on the plate and clearly executed as intended, but the cabbage was not imbued with the flavorings as it might have been.
.A very interesting selection of wines, but the prices were disappointingly high - almost 3-4x retail for similar items, Id say. The cheapest were in the 40+ range. This seems counterproductive. We drank a beer and a glass of wine respectively (no apertivi or liqueurs) and vowed that we prepare for future meals at Marco's - and we do definitely intend to go back!) with a drink at home.
Very smooth and pleasant service with some noticeably MIchelin-type flourishes (crumb removal) which made us chuckle.
Do go - Id like to hear what someother hounds think.