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sam1 | Feb 4, 201802:30 PM

I tried Fausto for dinner a few nights ago with friends. Overall, a pretty mediocre meal. For the neighborhood, it's popular and buzzy but nothing worth traveling for.

Service was the biggest issue here. They are way too inexperienced considering the pedigree of the owner who was a partner in L'artusi and Dell'nima. I was seated 25 minutes after my 8pm reservation despite the front table being empty for the majority of the time that I waited (and I requested if we could have that table).

Our server did not bring us menus for the first ten minutes that we were seated and I had to request them from a runner. After receiving menus for 30 seconds, she asked if we decided on what we would like to order. I brought a bottle of wine that was being decanted and I had to request for the bottle to be brought over several times while we waited.

The food was merely ok. I had the bigoli pasta that was fine but poorly made. The pasta clumped together and was not made well despite the reputation the place has for their pasta offerings. My wife's buckwheat rigatoni was over a pool of oil and despite being a better option than my bigoli, it was really just a mess of fontina, pasta and oil.

The lamb loin entree was effectively a petite mutton chop that you'd find at the pub room at Keens. It was okay despite being mostly bone and gristle. The few bites were solid and this is a problem I have with Keens' version as well. A bigger gripe was that it was served with a salsa verde that was wayyy too lemon-y and acidic. Awful choice of sauce here.

So, buzzy room, decent prices, mediocre food and pretty bad service sums it up. I'd rather go to Al Di La.

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