Went to Po' last night and here are the details and descriptions to the best of my ability.
1. Service- I was not impressed with the service at all last night. It was there, but that is about it. For those of you who like little to no interaction with waitstaff this might be the place for you. They did not do bad I just expected a little more. I also do not like to see the waiter bringing the check before I am finished. Ask if I would like anything else before you print off the check not after.
Rating- 6 out of 10
2. Atmosphere- Very Nice. Would deduct for the obnoxius woman with her cell phone turned on with a loud ring and more obnoxius voice. A little crowded but not uncomfortable. The Place in the village is quieter. I feel they are accomplishing what they want
3. Tasting Menu
First- I felt for $40 dollars the menu was a fair value. Would I recommend doing it Yes. WOuld I do it again, maybe. I feel there are some entrees that I saw that would be nice to go back for. I would highly recommend trying the tasting menu and would have no problem trying it again.
Course 1. Chicken Pate- Very nice. A decent way to start off the tasting menu. The PAte was good and very mild. So the Pate was average and a decent way to start the meal.
Course 2- Pasta Course- I want to say a Ravioli filled with Ricotta cheese and broccoli rabe. For those of you who think Lupa is to salty this is not for you. I however enjoyed the dish and thought it to be the highlight. Pasta was cooked to perfection the blend of broccoli and ricota was perfect. Cannot complain at all about the taste of this dish. Only complaint was that the rest of the meal was for the most part downhill.
Course 3- Gnocci- What do say? Dissapointing. The gnocci was average and the sauce seriously lacked flavor. I do not know if this has to do with the intense flavor experienced in the second course. No structure to the sauce, very very bland. Would highll suggest that the tour they neighborhood and work on inproving this. Or serve it before the second course. At this point I wish they would have brought out the Papperdelles with duch Ragu that the people next to me were enjoying.
Course 4- Guinea Hen. An improvement. The guinea hen was prepared well. The rest of the dish (do not know what it was) was average. Nothing special. Nothing else to say.
Course 5- CHeese- 3 Cheeses. All of which were good. Here is where the service became an issue. 3 cheeses placed on a plate. We were told what the cheese were and thank god we had an idea of the order in which to eat them. But someone who had no clue would have been dissapointed as they could have easily started with the most intense cheese and ruined the dish. Points off for presentation.
Course 6- Desert- Two deserts- One a described "cooked creme" with blueberry. And a chocolate hazelnut "something" sorry. Both of which were extremely good and a decent way to end the meal. I was happy with the selection and the quality of both deserts.
OVERALL Value- The tasting menu was good and worth the $40. Am I rushing to go back.... maybe. The gnocci was dissapointing and most of the dished were average. But it was solid and I am not dissapointed that I did it and would recommend trying it.
WIne List- Have to say was impressed with the prices and thought that the selection was decent. Was happy that the recommendation given to us was not the most expensive and a solid wine. Points off for not having wine accompaniment with the tasting menu. The wine the waiter recommended was not a great match with any of the dished coming out of the kitchen, but it is tough when you allegedly do not know what is coming out of the kitchen.
Espresso. Have to bring up the fact that the espresso was burnt.
I hope this helps.
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