Got an early invite so I thought I'd roll the dice. I'm usually not keen on going to a restaurant when it first opens but this one was so hyped, I thought I'd give it a try. The restaurant isn't open yet and although I asked mnay, they are tight-lipped about an opening date.
The room; Beautiful. Lots of brown, tan and orange colors. Soft leather everywhere. Understated and classy. I love the look of the room. It's huge by the way. Tall ceilings and a gorgeous staircase.
The service: The staff seems to be well schooled on the menu and very friendly. The sommelier seemed to be very nervous and tentative. Considering they are not open I don't want to be real hard on them.
The food: First rate. Not everything hit the mark but nothing was disapointing. The stuffed cabbage roll was unique and delicious. I had the 3 pasta choice. The jalapeno crab pasta was missing something and a little too oily. The spinach pasta bolognese was fantasic. I also enjoyed the parpadelle, I ordered the rabbit for the entree and loved it. The hit of the night however was the spumoni. Maybe the best dessert I've ever had! Layers of pudding, cake and ice cream (I think). Anyway - it's amazing.
The downside: Bathrooms are ridiculous. 2 Unisex that each have 1 toilet. That means the entire ground floor has 2 toilets total! The place was half full and I still waited in line for the bathroom. What the hell are they thinking?
The prices are very high. My dinner for 2 was $310.00 and we only had 1 glass of wine each.
The neighborhood is still scary but that will get better. This will be a huge success I'm sure and it's nice that Mario and Lydia have a classy spot that's not just about the food.