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Giorgione Review (on Spring St)

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Giorgione Review (on Spring St)

HowieH | Jan 15, 2006 12:31 PM

Went with a group of 8 last night. We were seated very promptly. Decor is pretty nice, definitely very trendy and more of a local crowd. And halfway through dinner, we realized David Schwimmer was seated at the table next to us. Service was great and unassuming; the food was a bit slow to come. But onto the food.
The great part about having 8 people is being able to try everything. For the appetizers, we literally had about 60 oysters for the table, of which we spread among 4 kinds (Hood Canals, Blue Points, Fisher Island and Malpeques). All extremely fresh, right up there with Blue Ribbon. Hood Canals are my favorite btw with Fisher Islands not too far behind. Another outstanding app was the grilled octopus. They made it perfectly. Crunchy on the ends and surface, but tender meat the whole way and not chewy or anything. Duck salad was so-so. Oh, also, remember to order the truffle oil as a side(it's free but not on the menu)! So good, so good.
For entrees: we had the following at the table:
3 different types of pizza: one with prosciutto, one with artichokes, and one with sausages. Very thin crust- the way I like it and not too saucy. Pizza was very good (but not the best) and in a style similar to other thin crust pizza places. I still would prefer Lombardi's over it. IMO, pizza preference though is more of a subjective thing.
The other entrees we had were a sea-bass, rib-eye, veal loin, and a handmade pasta in a lamb ragout. Surprisingly, the standout was the rib-eye. It replaced the beef dish on the menu that they were out of. I don't usually ever order a beef type dish unless we are in a steakhouse and even so, I don't usually ever order rib-eyes. But this one was surprisingly perfectly cooked and very very tasty. And not fatty at all. The pasta was close behind, made in an al dente style that was cooked perfectly. The lamb sauce was ok, not overpowering at all but decent complement. The sea-bass had a great crunch on top but was over-cooked on the inside. Veal was forgettable.
For dessert: Their coffee gelato was great. And people at the table claimed their flourless chocolate cake was great. I don't usually like flourless chocolate cake so I would be a poor judge.
Overall, I wasn't expecting much but it turned out to be much much better than I thought. I'm actually surprised there isn't much written about it on this board. Definitely a place to go again.

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