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Amarone was....meh.


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Amarone was....meh.

LilZ | Dec 20, 2007 01:34 PM

Went to Amarone with my guy expecting a great Italian meal. We had read rave reviews! Anyhow, the place is very charming, and the free glass of Prosecco to start the meal. We ordered the swordfish carpaccio, which was yummy -- I would recommend. But the burrata plate we got was a disaster. The piece of burrata was frozen through. There were little ice crystals inside it! Therefore, it tasted like chalk. My date's pasta dish with rigatoni and sausage was way too salty. However, my plate of spaghetti pomodoro was good. Nothing to fawn over, but it was pretty darn tasty.
However, we had a truly bizarre wine situation. I spotted a bottle of my fave chiani riserva on the list, and ordered it up. By the time they had cut the foil off the bottle (but hadn't touched the cork) I noticed that they didn't bring up the riserva. It was a non-reserve wine from a later year. So I told the server, who excused himself. He pretended to consult something on the sidetable and returned to our table to tell us there were no bottles of riserva left. I looked over and saw that he had just consulted a stack of napkins. Anyhow, he assured us this other bottle was great. I asked him if it was the same price, remembering I saw this bottle at a cheaper price. He said it was the same price as the riserva. I asked him to double check. He looked at a wine list at another table and returned and told us again it was the same. At this point, I just want a drink, so I told him to open it up. At the end of the meal, on our bill, they had charged us for the bottle of riserva. I asked to see a wine list. Sure enough, the bottle our server had given us was cheaper, yet I was still charged the price for the other bottle. SO, we had them re-do the bill, but I left there feeling like they were being dishonest and trying to rip me off.
I really don't see what the hype is all about here.
Save your money and go to Capo instead!

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