I was looking for a special restaurant to celebrate by birthday (belated) and , after seeing some great posts, on various food boards and newsgroups, I chose Vetri. The place is small and they book up well in advance so I selected a Tuesday and made a reservation for 5:45 to avoid the most crowded time. Well, last night was the night we planned. I was psyched.
I must say, we were somewhat dissapointed. I thought I would share the objective details just to let others know what we experienced. Like many restaurants, a special: evening depends on individual tastes.
The room is small, which I knew. Some called it romantic but we found it sort of basic country french (though its Italian). We were last there when it was Two Quails, so the oldies know how long ago that was!
The service was friendly though not as professional as I expected. But no complaints there. The menu is not expensive by course but runs up quickly.
Heres what we ordered including the signature dishes:
For appetizer one had a half portion of fettucine with small pieces of veal cheeks in a delicious tomato sauce. The other had the onion tart which was a thin crust with baked oinion shreds on an indistinguishable white sauce. Looked pretty but very small. For entrees, one has the Turbot Roasted On The Bone with potato pancake. The Turbot is a fish and was served boneless. It was small enough that it only filled 4 forkfulls and served on a scalloped potato pancake. The other had the half lobster on spagetinni. I asked about the sauce and was told it was light tomato. Well the plate came with spaghetini in a spicy red tomato sauce (the spice was never mentioned and I suggested they mention that in future. The half-lobster was half of a 12 oz (!) lobster, whose meat had been removed and mixed in the sauce. I never saw a 12 oz lobster before. With the pasta, it filled me some. We ordered a fairly priced bottle of Soave Classico ($30.).The dessert list (all $10.) had nothing of interest so we passed on coffee and dessert. (We ended up stopping at Pink Rose for a huge Éclair which we shared.). Anyway, the food listed above, along with the wine, came to $105.00 (BEFORE GRATUITY!). Many people were sharing an antipasto tray that looked good. I asked and was told it is always there but not listed on menu. It was just meats and cheeses and some veggies. I asked the price and was told it was $14.00 PER PERSON. There seemed to be quite a few $60. Antipastos there.
Again, this is just my opinion but I though it was a lot of money for a little bit of food and not a lot of ambiance. (The room is hard and noisy.). And, at least last night nearly everyone dining was over 50 years old with 25% in what I would guess was over 60.
At the risk of mentioning the O restaurant again, its a better value but, we also felt better food and MUCH better ambiance. Vetri wasnt bad.. just less than we expected.