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Fiore di Luna and Duangrats

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Fiore di Luna and Duangrats

Cosimo | Feb 24, 2004 11:08 AM

New repsondent to ChowHound. Good friend of ours has been posting for while. Visted these two restaurants recently. First, Fiore di Luna. Had reservations for Feburary 13th. Wanted to avoid the Valentine's Day madness. The name hasn't even been changed from Le Relais. Everything inside is same. A lot is disarray in the restaurant. patrons complaining about the service. Long waits between courses. Sat in the bar and waited and waited. Finally were seated at 9:00 for an 8:30 reservation. Hostess offered her apologies and would pay for our drinks. Had the calamari appetizer. Nicely prepared with a tomato based dipping sauce. Ordered the spaghettini with sausage and the gnocchi with mushroons. Finally arrived after 35 minute wait. Food nicely prepared and very good. Ordered a bottle of Siclian wine (Nero Avola) $29. They did not have this bottle and then selected a Montelpulciano @$55. Net is the bill came with no charge for bar drinks and the wine at $29. The manager came over and apologized for the service and said there was problem with their computerized ordering system. He hoped we would come back. We would give them a couple of months to sort themselves out. The food was very good. Upscale Italian similar to Cafe Milano (Ex-chef). Now to Duangrats. Went for a birthday celebration. Three stars and good reputation for upscale Thai. Well if the service was bad at Fiori di Luna, Duangrats was worse. The appetizers were medicore at best. The place was very noisy with little kids out on a Saturday night. Long waits between courses. Wine was ordered (very poor selection) and didn't arrive until we were half way through with our main course. Would not go back. Many other Thai restaurants that have better food (Luang - Reston, Tera Thai) with much better service. Would certainly no recommend or ever go back.

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