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Amend | | Feb 6, 2009 05:49 PM

We're just back from a dinner at Sportello ... what a disappointment! Premium prices for bland food and a noisy cramped atmosphere that does not encourage lingering. Our bill for $140 for 2 people, including wine and tip, would have bought a far superior meal at Benatti or Oleana. We felt that the prices were exorbitant for the quality: the chestnut bisque was flavorless (not a flavor of chestnuts in sight), the bigoli (clam and sea urchin pasta) was bland and had no evidence of sea urchin, and the ricotta gnudi was underpowered. Altogether the food was underseasoned and extremely mediocre. The only dish that was worth its price were the braised short ribs. Anywhere else they would not be a standout, but here they easily beat any other dish we ate. We left feeling ripped off ... there are so many other better options that have left us feeling sated and satisfied after spending the same or less. Skip Sportello.

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