I was all excited to be going to Fiamma last night, there had been great press, the chef trained in Emilia Romagna for 6 years, the last posts on chowhound were very positive.....well I should have figured.
I guess I was expecting food that would remind me of being in Italy...but that's not Steve Hansons game...he is the king of PR and many people love his places for being a real "NY scene". And this place was flashy, and had the hip crowd....but it will not make you feel like you are in Bologna.
First you receive the wine list...if you like big lists then you wil be in heaven, it must have been 15 pages long. But be prepared to be ripped off, I saw many wines with a 4x mark up, it is customary to use a 3x markup. They must have had 20 Brunellos...but not one under $100. They must be trying to impress someone, but I just found it to be obnoxious.
The food was good, but again I thought that was overpriced. My grilled octopus app was very good...all the apps were about $14. The pastas were good, but I had to laugh...they had a fresh cavatelli with a tomato sauce, but the waiter made a real point to say that it is fresh cavatelli....you are an Italian restaurant, you should make your pasta fresh! I had the Stracci (very wide noodles) with a wild boar ragu...quite good, but not great....and the pastas were $28. Not too be cheap, but that is a bit steep. Two entrees that I remember was the lamb, and a veal chop both at $36.....hey, were are not at Daniel.
Enough ranting, I hope everyone goes here so I get an easier reservation at some of the other Italian restaurants in town.