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Passing thru Syracuse report

three of us | | Jul 2, 2013 09:04 AM

Terrific! We wanted really good, nourishing food after driving from Boston. This place has something for everyone, and our vegan and carnivore eaters were very happy with the choices. The beer selection was super, and the staff were very friendly and caring. Highly recommended.

I don't get the raves we heard about this place, nor the lines waiting to get in. We got the house-made linguine. I got the red sauce with portabella mushrooms. The pasta was very good, the mushrooms excellent with a nice flavor of balsamic marinade. The red sauce was poor and overcooked. No seasoning, either. How can a pasta-based restaurant not serve a decent red sauce? My companion got the pink vodka sauce which was very zesty, but not described as such on the menu. He was not happy.

Our order took forever to come to the table. So long as to be unacceptable, and we were ready to leave when our server promised to get it right then. The kitchen is open, and things looked pretty disorganized. It was Sunday evening, but even so the crew looked lost.

Definitely would not return. Across the street is Kitty Hoynes (sp), an Irish pub that came highly recommended. It is closed on Sundays, or we might have gone over there.

Vicki's soft serve in Liverpool
Fun, local place. Chocolate, vanilla, or orange soft serve -- take your pick. We enjoyed the chocolate and vanilla, but would give the orange a pass.