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uovo report

sam | Aug 21, 2005 11:52 AM

After reading some favorable reviews, we went to uovo last night (Saturday). Our experience was mixed.

Service: I usually value food over service, but it's hard to deny that service has an effect on the dining experience. Here our waitress was both slow to arrive at our table (despite that the restaurant was not even half-full) and somewhat rude when she was asked whether a particular salad could be made without the blue cheese. I can respect a chef's strong preference to do a dish exactly as he wants, but at least this policy could be explained in a more respectful manner.

Appetizers: We had the salt-cod pasta with fish broth ($11) and the heirloom tomatoes with some sort of grilled middle-eastern cheese ($9 or so, I think). THe latter was quite good owing to the excellent quality of the tomatoes. THe former was fine, but it was really a rip-off; the portion was miniscule. THree tiny ravioli and three cockles. Even if the portion size were doubled it still would be small for an appetizer. Tasted decent but not great.

Entrees: We had the brisket w/ coffee-barbecue sauce and the whole fish (med. sea bass). THe latter was perfectly fine. THe brisket was quite good, the best dish of the night.

DEssert: A special mix of fresh fruit with ice cream, and freshly made "chocolate biscuits." Both pretty good.

Wine list: Not huge but had some good choices. THey don't have a full bar, just wine and beer.

Overall: There is some promise here, but they definitely need to improve the portion sizes and the quality of the service.

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