Dined at the New Italian BYOB across the street from Porcini last week.
It is situated in the space that used to be Cibucan, 20th and sansom.
Minimal changes to the decor, the space has always been cold but whatever.......Its about the food.
First of all, It isnt a BYOB which wasnt a problem, we were fine with ordering wine....BUT the selections were just pathetic.
Started with an App of Grilled Italian sausage with broccoli rabe.
Super garlicky, nothing out of this world.
Pasta Courses, Rigatoni amatriciana........pasta was undercooked even by al dente standards, sauce was OK, not enough pancetta or hot pepper in the dish.
Shrimp and lobster ravioli which were obviously purchased and not made in house...tasted like a tallutos or severino product, in any case it sucked.
Too many silly vegetable garnishes.
Shared a baby pig (porchetta) dish, it was alraedy fully cooked and rewarmed and thus lacked that crispy skin action balanced with moist meat that makes the dish a winner....just like a good lechon asado.
The skin was so rubbery it was like chewing on Durometer 81 rollerblade wheels. Overrall a bad dish.
Bread was cold and had a supermarket baguette quality.
Olive Oil was relatively tasteless and the balsamic dip tasted like chlorine.
The whole place seems to be a parody of an Italian restaurant even by peasant food standards.
The fact that it isnt a BYO and calling the food mediocre would be generous.......makes me wonder why they even bothered.
Both melograno and raddicchio are Waaaaaaaaaay better.
I am not trying to be mean but it simply was an agregiously bad experience.
In all fairness, they have been open only a week so perhaps they will get better, it cant possibly get any worse.