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Bianchi's in Naples


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Bianchi's in Naples

TedH | Feb 16, 2009 04:29 AM

We went for Valentine's day dinner (I know, not the best way to evaluate a restaurant) and as with most new places, its a mixed bag. The decor is on the dark, wooded side with stone floors and high ceilings. The bar is at the back of the restaurant and immediately behind the bar is a towering wall of wine with enormous panes of glass separating the bottles from the dining room.

Too bad the wines inside weren't as well thought out as they should be. Very heavy on Italians and standard usurious markups.

On to the food. Appetizers were OK, but hardly thrilling. Pretty standard bastardization of Oysters Rockefeller, watery shrimp coctail and one fugly Caesar salad that could have passed for a cafeteria standby. The kitchen got the lobster right, perfectly tender and flavorful. Its accompanying risotto was a hot mess of overcooked shellfish and gummy rice.

will I go back? Yes, if I can pay a reasonable fee for corkage and go when its not as hectic, which shouldn't be a problem this summer.

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