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Very disapointing lunch @ Del Posto

uwsister | Apr 25, 201209:01 PM

OK, so this was about three weeks ago. I didn't get a chance to vent until now because I haven't been on CH much lately. I *know* judging a restaurant by its lunch isn't most fair, but shouldn't it be up to a certain stadard? Especially if it's a NYT 4-star restaurant - based on my lunch, I found it incredulous that DP indeed has four. Others, maybe I wasn't a fan of every single place but could at least see its merits, but not at DP. I'm guessing maybe the kitchen was off that day, a B-team maybe? Many dishes were either very salty or very bland. For instance my orechiette, bland with the pasta gummy and unrefined. Swordfish was too salty, as was my husband's tortello puzzone. Beef and truffle carpaccio was totally not worth the supplement, no discernible truffle taste (probably was canned) and beef was cut way too thickly - is that Italian style? Someone educate me if that's the case. Desserts were pedestrian at best (spezzata for me, tortino for husband.) Breads were good, but the butter couldn't have been high quality - tasted like Land O' Lakes. I thought the lard was disgusting, but I know it's a personal preference and it has its fans. I don't drink wine but my husband loves wine so requested wine pairing and he thought it was terrible, overpriced for what it was and didn't compliment the dishes. He actually said it was the worst wine pairing he'd had at a fine dining restaurant. Didn't think the service was up to the four-star standard either - water glasses went empty for prolonged periods of time, most importantly I barely touched my orechiette (literally had two bites, I thought it was that bad) and the server didn't even inquire if I'd liked it - he only asked "are you taking it home?" Would never happen at EMP, JG, Le B...

Lamb was cooked perfectly and my cocktail was delicious, but that was about it for positives other than its lovely decor and background music. Worst $250 we've spent at a restaurant in a long, long time (yeah, I know it's only $49/person for 4-course, but after wine pairing, a couple cocktails, tips, tax, it came out to be right around $250.)

So, does everyone else love this place? Was our experience strictly anomaly?

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