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Adagia ( Berkeley) report

babette feasts | Jun 6, 200508:19 PM

Decided to give this place a try last week after seeing Bauer's favorable (two and a half star) review.

Apparently you get one star just for opening your doors and another for hiring a bunch of cute co-eds, because I found the food gravely lacking in finesse.

Grilled romaine salad that MB raved about was way overdressed. Fritto misto batter was thick and reminded me of KFC. I love fried lemons in a fritto misto, but theirs were cut too thick to be edible. Thank god for serrano ham, but the salad on top of it did nothing to enhance the experience and the whole plate just didn't come together. I also found the half-full soup bowl of vinaigrette that came with the bread to be odd. A drizzle on a side plate or a small ramekin would have been more appropriate.

Perhaps especially because I chose to eat my fritto misto with my hands, I found the stemless Reidels less than enchanting. mmm, greasy wineglass. Service was slow but well meaning.

At least it was cheap. The place has potential, I'm sure, but it's not there yet.

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