Are all 3 star Italian restaurants of the same fold? I think not. While good and sometimes great food has come out of Alto and Del Posto my entire perspective of contemporary Italian food has been completely leveled by a recent 1st visit to Fiamma. Reading someone else's recent posting forced me to retort.
First off, the whole menu is crazy, while the server lays out an option of three or five courses and suggests an order, something about following the traditional Italian meal, basically you can choose WHATEVER you want, whether it be 3 pastas, 3 meats, fish or any combination thereof. Certainly in my mind this breaks away from all preconceived SET pre-fixe menus. No one can argue about cost saving ingredients when Wagyu beef, wild red snapper and succulent lamb are all available, which were my three courses!
Now to the food and ambiance. The food is rich! As such my middle course of Snapper was a treat, As it balanced out my app and entree, where bold flavors generally reigned supreme, the delicate preparation of herbs and oysters with the fish were fresh and so clean on my palate. My guests marveled at their dishes as well, a roasted pig dish and a bucatini with ramps and guanciale were noted highlights. dining here is an indulgence, bring an open mind and big appetite. I heard you can sneak in for ala carte at the bar, try it for yourself, maybe they aren't terribly vegetarian friendly but the WOW factor was skyrocketing nonetheless! We left impressed, happy, well guided by the staff, and feeling where small details mattered, not to mention quite Full !!!