I really mean "ick," but couldn't resist the totally two-letter word subject line.
Anyway, as a huge fan of Al Di La, though I only go every six months or so, I was stunned to have a mediocre dinner there last night. The roasted monkfish was tough and seemed more steamed than roasted, it came with some greens in a sauce that smelled and tasted like day-old fish. The focaccia that came with one of the salads had berries in it, which sounded interesting but just seemed odd in the end, and the beloved beet ravioli were kind of dry (and it seemed like the serving size had shrunk, but maybe not). Anyway, I guess we just ordered wrong (except the ravioli, which are usually great, so there's no explanation), but it was pretty sad. Was anyone else there last night? Was it as good as usual? Could the problem have been that we were there super-early?