So last night I took my family out for my mother's 50th birthday. The place is absolutely beautiful, great atmosphere, unbelievable service. There is no doubt about it. It definitely is a great place visually to celebrate a special occasion. We sat on the second floor balcony overlooking the main floor dining room and it was beautiful.
However, I left kind of feeling jipped. The place is seriously overpiced for the amount of food you get. Our waiter was a very nice old man, but he made all of the dishes sound so delicious and elaborate. The way he was talking we were expecting the best meal of our lives. Obviously, this is his job but you feel a bit I dont know- deceived?
Well onto the food. The bread basket was great-lardo was incredible. My mother wanted a cosmo but they said "We don't carry things like that". Whatever that means. Instead she got something else but I didn't care for that answer. To start we shared 2 pastas- the gnudi and spaghetti with crab. Both were great, especially the gnudi. The spaghetti had a real kick to it and left my lips tingling for a good 10 mins afterwards. Overall very very good. Just enough to wet our palates and get a nice taste for an appetizer.
Then the mains. My mother got the pork loin and sister got the seared halibut. When asking our waiter how each were prepared he went into this whole 5 minute schpiel on how they were prepared and all of the "sides" that were included. Made it sound like a nice amount of food. Well, the food comes and my mom gets a 4 ounce piece of pork loin (tasty but paltry portion) and like 4 pieces of sauerkratu and a few vegetables. My sisters halibut was like 3 ounces and she had no joke 2 pea pods and some other little vegetable ball the size of a thumbnail.
My father and I split the beef tenderloin for 2 ($135). It was sliced into two portions for us to split. This was actually a decent size piece of meat but still not large enough for a steak eater like me. I'd say the piece was about 12-14 ounces. I go to steakhouses around the city and spend almost half that for twice as much meat. It came with 4 little potato crisps and some lettuce garnish. Once again pretty paltry. Although the meat was cooked to a nice red rare to medium rare for the price I felt seriously jipped.
Dessert- Another sort of let down. They were pretty good but once again like everything else-SMALL. We got the stone crostata for two, chocolate ricotta tortino, and 4 tastes of gelati. The gelati were the best however when split between the four of us its like a teaspoon each. Then they pass around those petit fours which were good.
Bill came to $450. My mother said she really enjoyed the meal and it was an unforgettable experience. At the end of the meal we all felt pretty full. But still for these prices I really think Del Posto needs to make their portions a little more substantial. Would it be so hard to throw some more vegetables and sides on the plate?
Is it a place to experience? I'd say yes. The atmospheres incredible and the food is very good. However, its just a jewelry store and the value just isn't there. Babbo blows this place out of the water. I have no idea how it got 2 Michelin stars while Babbo got one.