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Finemondo - not exactly the end of the world

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Finemondo - not exactly the end of the world

Jeremy M | Apr 14, 2002 02:19 PM

My wife and I tried Finemondo last night, and found the food disappointing. The setting is nice enough, though perhaps a bit too flashy, and the staff were very nice. The wine list was quite interesting, with a good range of stuff in the $25-$35 range, which was refreshing. We had a very nice veneto red by Nicolis, at $32.

The food was not great. My wife started with a nice crab salad, with very crisp greens. Enjoyable, but not otherworldly by any means. She then had ravioli with beets and rape. I'm a bit fan of beets, so I enjoyed it, but my wife found the flavor too strong.

I started with carciofi alla romana, and was disappointed, in part because i was expecting fried artichokes (i guess those are called carciofi alla giudia). instead, i got three small artichokes sitting in an insipid broth. they were tender, but rather tasteless. my pasta was a disaster. gnocchi with roasted duck. i probably should have known better than to try something less than traditional, but i was surprised to find the gnocchi too mushy and the sauce utterly without flavor. not a happy experience.

i should note, however, that we may have ordered badly. the menu includes some very nice looking roasts, including porchetta alla romana, and some intriguing whole fish options. i might be inclined to give the place a try to see what those are like, but probably not.

we shared a tiramisu at the end. again, it did not fill me with enthusiasm. in fact, it was simply odd. it came in a thin pastry shall, and had only one small ladyfinger at the bottom. i'm pretty sure that it used cream rather than mascarpone.

on reflection, despite my curiosity about the roast meats, i don't think that i will be going back, at least not on my own dime. i would rather spend a little bit more and have a great meal at obelisk.

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