My boyfriend and I spent at least 45 minutes trying to decide whether to eat at Al Di La or AOC and were ultimately lured to Al Di La by memories of the beet ravioli with butter sauce. We ordered the ravioli, the pork scallopini and the steak. The ravioli was good, the scallopni was fine and the steak was an insult to my taste buds. At first bite, it was immediately apparent that the steak and an arugula salad were drenched in Balsamic reduction. The arugula was sopping wet with Balsamic reduction, making it totally inedible. Each time I took a bite of steak I had to scape off as much sauce as possible or experience the punguent, acidic burn of balsamic sauce. I mentioned this to the waiter who informed me that that's the way they do it. I told him that i didn't believed that they would intentionally drench arugula in balsamic reduction until it was totally wilted and mushy(who's that stupid?), but he insisted that they meant to make it that way. He didn't even offer to get me another plate of arugula (which would have cost them 50 cent tops). I had to ask him to bring me another plate and replated the food at the table. No Joke, the balsamic reduction was at least inch thick all over the plate. It looked like a soup.
It'll take a lot to get me back to Al di La. The service sucks and they're putting people in charge of cooking who don't know what they're doing or don't give damn.