Went to Felicia's (11th near Wharton) tonite for the 1st time based on Craig Laban's warm review, and what a letdown.
First, the food:
House salad- dramatically over-dressed
Mozzarella & proscuitto--ok, but if this is homemade mozz, as it's supposed to be, it was a letdown
Ground veal sausage and red peppers--this had the look of dog food and not much different in taste (ok ,I guess I don't really know that) --it was incredibly bland and the texture was odd.
Cappelini w/ seafood--the seafood was nicely done, but there was way too much black pepper in this dish which wasn't described as remotely spicy
Ziti Arrabiata--on the other hand, this dish was suppposed to be HOT, which incredibly (given that they supposedly use whole peppers, not chili flakes) it was not.
Ricotta Gnocchi-- this is what Felicia's is famous for, and I don't understand why. I suppose these are decent gnocchi, but nothing to build a reputation on.
The sauce was totally bland.
Eggplant Parmesean-this was sent out gratis, but it lacked any flavor at all.
Wine--2 glasses of the house sangiovese (this was actually great)
Decaf coffee--there were coffee grounds in it.
Total Tab w/ tax and tip for 3 people= $107.
The service was horrendous--the place started out empty at 6:15 and grew increasingly busy, but the waiters ignored us consistently throughout. We were nearly always without a full water glass, the check was calculated incorrectly ($15 overcharge which thank god we caught), and the waiter practically sneered when we didn't order dessert! We arrived in a nearly empty restaurant and were seated at a table next to the bathrooms, even tho we had a reservation. The noise level grew and grew til we (me and my grandparents) had to practically shout at each other. There is absolutely no sound proofing or paneling in an otherwise pretty place (gorgeous paintings on the white white walls, airy atmosphere--this I liked).
Anyways, what a tremendous disappointment. I won't be back.