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Cinque Figlie, Whippany - Just not sure

bropaul | Oct 3, 2009 03:24 PM

I invited an old friend here to dine with me because of the restaurant's proximity to an opening we were attending. I had heard good things, but had never been. We were seated promptly - the restaurant was only about 1/3 full. It is charming inside (it's in an old house) and certainly comfortable. The menu was pretty standard NJ Northern Italian fare. We were brought two bruschetta that were nothing special and the bread tasted almost stale.The server did not tell us the specials until we had practically decided and I had to request the wine list, despite the fact that I said we would be drinking wine, when asked if we wanted a drink. To their credit, they were willing to let us split a pasta dish as our appetizer at no extra cost. We both wanted to try the pumpkin gnocchi with butter,sage and parmesan. They were delicious - soft, fluffy and flavorful. My friend had braised short ribs which were good, but nothing extraordinary. I had the salmon special which was grilled and served with cherry tomato and balsamic sauce. It was swimming in a brown sauce and I didn't much care for it, maybe I just chose poorly. Creme brulee and tiramisu were above average. A bottle of 2005 Pio Cesare babera was delightful. The entire meal cost me about $140. I'm just not sure I'd go back at that price.

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