Ate last night at Felidia-against my will, we were taking out-of-towners. Expected the usual, past-its-prime schlock for the Lidia-worhsippers.
Well, imagine my shock when it was SPECTACULAR. All the pastas were perfect; its not like the wedding pillows were revelatory or anything, but they were exactly as you'd want them to be. We also had the pear ravioli and the pasta with winter truffles, and each was equally as good. None of the sauces were overdone or thick; in fact, it reminded me of my best meals in Italy.
The entrees were similarly excellent. The usual Felidia array of organs and such, but all done expertly.
The service was impeccable-a member of our party was ~ an hour late, and they did not pressure us to order.
And they had a Bruno Giacosa 2000 Nebbiolo d'Alba for $45 bucks on the wine list! Not as good as his Barbaresco or Barolo, but for that price (less than 2x multiplier of the recent vintage!) it was a total treat.
I don't know whats going on there as Felidia had sort of fallen off my radar. NY Magazine seems to indicate they have a new chef. Maybe I just hit them on a good night (Lidia wasn't there, so I doubt that). But if thats not the best Italian meal I've had in the past 10 years, its on the short list. A total surprise and a pleasure.