Sorry Chowhounders, but I just couldn't let anyone I am aware of that reads this board ever go to Brindisi. I let my friend (who loves food and quality food at that), choose dinner tonight. It is an adorable atmosphere, but everything from the service, to the wine by the glass, to the food stunk up the joint.
The server was this Italian guy with no sense of appropriateness...as in he never approached our table to check food, only to get a quick order, left us waiting when we needed another drink (at least 15 minutes from when we let him know), and didn't do anything to make it a better meal.
We ordered the grilled calamari salad with roasted bell peppers, olives, and sauteed zucchini...underseasoned completely. calamari was chewy, not crispy (grilled should be crispy, too) and the bell peppers still had the skin on. We also started with Tuna Meatballs, Brindisi style. These were the best dish of the night, well seasoned, surprisingly succulent, and the tomato sauce was spicy and citric all at once.
For our mains we had the monkfish grilled with polenta and braised mushrooms. Could have been a good dish, but the polenta was lumpy, the monkfish was breaded (no indication on the menu), and the overall dish was salty. Our second main was gnocchi alla amagriciana (now I know that is spelled wrong, but that is how they spelled it) which was mushy, and bland overall. Sad, plus basil isn't even in season and they used it liberally. We had a side of Spinach which was fine. Kind of hard to really do a bad spinach. but at least they got that right.
We didn't stay for coffee or dessert as they already go our $93 for dinner plus two absolutes and one glass of wine.
I'll never go back.