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Tanti Baci

Lauren | | Feb 19, 2001 09:26 AM

We were looking for a place to have a last-minute dinner in the East Village on Saturday night, and once again Chowhound came to the rescue. My friend (as usual) wanted Italian, so I suggested trying Tanti Baci based on the recommendation a while back from George Lynch. I can't comment on much of the menu as we went for a lighter meal, but what we did have was excellent. We split roasted artichokes with prosciuotto, which was one of the special appetizers, and both had the lentil soup. The app. was fabulous, with meltingly tender artichokes and several large slices of top-notch prosciuotto.We actually bickered a bit over it, accusing each other of hogging more than the allotted share. The soup was likewise a winner. Lentil soup can sometimes be a bit flat, but this had a nice depth of flavor with an herbed oil garnish and bits of pancetta. The only flaw was the service, which while very friendly and accomodating was also the slowest I've experienced recently. We had to ask for everything: to order, to get our drinks, to get water refilled, to get silverware, to get the check...Still, that won't dissuade me from going back to try a more substantial meal - their graciousness, coupled with an excellent, very reasonably priced dinner totally won me over. Thanks for the tip, George!

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