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Osteria La Buca LOVE/almost HATE experience…


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Osteria La Buca LOVE/almost HATE experience…

tatertotsrock | | Mar 26, 2008 12:17 AM

Ok, The food was great…the prices…hmm, a little f***ed -up.
Glass of Orvieto $9...not bad, since who else has this by the glass, (even though you can get a good bottle for $12) and this one was mighty refreshing and went well with my Ticolore Salad.
The Ticolore Salad was $9.25...thought is was good, until I saw that they charged me $2.50 for a side of anchovies, (they weren’t even salt packed) and they only gave me 4 and never mentioned the xtra charge and they never used to charge for them back in the day before the renovation.
So, the salad was pretty much $11.75 and the parm they put on top is not as good as it used to be…hmmm…not looking too good.
The Pappardelle Mamma really was amazing and worth every penny at $19.25 as a special (I did ask the price of the special, since I do not like surprises and sometimes specials can be pretty over the top-this special was well worth it!)…it was with the radiccio cream sauce with sausage and pork checks…amazing!
The pasta was perfect…flavor, texture, mmmm!
A glass of Merlot Dal Bello at $8 (was a great suggestion from the young man behind the bar) went well with the pasta special.
Now, this is where I am freaked out:
The Tiramisu was… $10 !!! Yes, $10 for a tiramisu...this is NOT normal, is it?
Are you F***ing kidding me?!?!?!!!
I didn’t notice it till after I paid!
At first, I thought that they had put the decaf cappuccino into the dessert bill, but, NO! They really charged $10 for it…F**K that!!!
(And then charged $3.25 for a cappuccino that had slightly chilly foam on top…hmmm.)
The tiramisu was a larger than usual serving, but I didn’t need a serving for 4...(if I wanted to go to Buca de Pepeo (or however you spell it, please, just kill me on the day I know how to spell it) and the Tiramisu was fine, but not worth more than $6-$8 and that’s the price I remember).
What the hell!?!
Now, I love what they did with the place.
The food is still good and the wine list is perfect for the food, and the selection is fun and thoughtful.
I had originally wanted to go to ORRIS tonight (I had a meeting in MDR and was driving back to the East Side) but didn’t want to deal with the parking at ORRIS (since I had a car full of backpacking and Kayak gear), was almost home when I saw La Bucca, and thought back to all the amazing meals I had enjoyed there with my friends back, before the rennovation, and wanted to see the “improvements”.
Well, I will go back because I love the pastas, and the wine list is great, but I will NOT be ordering any useless and over-priced nonsense.
The bar is comfortable as long as some bitter tarts aren’t sitting there NOT making room for others who want to sit in a seat…I am sure that they may be afraid that their super-cool boyfriends may run away with a girl that prefers to bathe on a daily basis.
I will not give up on this place since I have always enjoyed the food and tonight was no different.
I love that they have a bar now, but it was fun back in the day when you had to sometimes share a table with hospitable strangers.
Good food, but price surges in the wrong places...c'mon, it's not like you have to drive around the block for six hours in a H2, burning fuel, to get the tiramisu, so I just cannot justify the freakin' crazy price hike for an ok tiramisu!
Tell me what you've experienced since they re-opened.

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