first of all, know that the noise level in this restaurant was deafening.
they desperately need to find somewhere in the place to conceal some acoustical batting to bring the noise level down
the restaurant itself is beautiful
the dishes i had were:
the spaghetti with caviar
asparagus with fried egg.
the asparagus and anchovies came first and were the two high points of the meal. both were done well and were served nicely (although i gotta say, the cafe del rey version of this asparagus dish beats the bottega version hands down).
the pizza followed. i watched as the server wandered around the huge restaurant for what seemed like forever with our pizza in hand looking very confused as to what table it might belong to. by the time he figured it out, the pizza was cold. on top of that, it was flavorless.
i've been too spoiled by my neighborhood places, antica pizzaria and the good pizza, to find anything worth eating about this pie. my dining partner, felt the same way. basically we each had one piece and left the rest.
the spaghetti arrived at least 25 minutes after the rest of the food had already arrived. we had to ask our waitress twice about it's whereabouts. it ended up arriving at room temperature. if it had been warm or hot, it would have been terrific.
so, to sum up, regarding the food, there were some hits and some misses.
the logistical problems they are having getting the food to the tables before it's cold works against them mightily.
the noise level made the whole experience too unpleasant to cause me to want to drive downtown to come back here.
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