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Reviews - Meztiso and Osteria Via Stato


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Reviews - Meztiso and Osteria Via Stato

Kathleen | Apr 3, 2006 03:01 PM

I had two very "eh" meals recently; the first was at Meztiso and the second at Osteria Via Stato. I'll start with Meztiso.. I went there on Friday night with a group of friends. The sangria was very good, but pricey; $16 for a small pitcher. We decided to share tapas, and several items we ordered were not available. Rather, I should say that several ingredients were not available and we were told there would be substitutes. One dish that stood out was the manchego cheese with slices of quince preserve (only they were out of quince, so we had currant preserve). It was very nice, and the flavors were surprising. We ordered the fried mussles, which were more like twice-baked mussels with breading. The meat had been extracted, chopped up, and topped with breading. They, like everything else, were served at room temp. The other dishes were not worth noting - chicken flautas, tableside guac, endive salad, caesar salad (which we didn't order), and several other dishes were bland and not memorable. On the plus side, the service was very good and the ambience was enjoyable.

I went for lunch today at Osteria Via Stato, one of the newest LEYE restaurants, and also was not too impressed (let me note that I am usually easy to please!). We ordered the 3 cheese platter to start, which was delicious and paired with a chianti currant preserve (wow!) and pears. Next we had the bruschetta, which on the menu said the usual - olive oil, tomatoes, cheese, etc. When the bruschetta arrived it was toasted bread with olive oil, sauteed onions, and prosciutto. The entrees took a while to arrive and were unimpressive. I had the chopped salad with chicken, and the chicken was mushy and cold (plus a lot of "mystery pieces"). Two of my colleagues had roasted chicken and another had farfalle with asparagus and spinach; everyone agreed that there was very little flavor to the dishes. I was disappointed because I had heard good things about the restaurant. It might be better at dinner; they have a large yet cozy dining room that was much nicer that apparently is closed during lunch. If anyone has had a great dinner experience there, please let me know!

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