After a few really wonderful meals at Il Grano, and good review on this site, we returned last night and were very disappointed. It seems something has changed.
First, we arrived at 5:30pm when they open and were immediately seated at a nice table (we had a reservation). We ordered cocktails, and asked for a few rolls to enjoy with the drinks. My Bombay Sapphire martini was fine, but the couldn't find limoncello to use in my partner's limoncello martini (basically a lemon drop with limoncello added). This was very strange in that limoncello is on their drink menu, and is an extremely common Italian spirit. So…my partner had a normal lemon drop which was fine…but where were the rolls? Il Grano has wonderful house made rolls which we always look forward to. We were told that they were in the oven "finishing up". They arrived 50 minutes after the restaurant opened!
More importantly, the rest of our meal was just ok, certainly not anywhere near what it had been in the past. Starter salads were not special, gnocchi were just ok, and the house made pasta with lamb ragu was not especially good…that ragu was good, but the pasta was very overcooked and mushy.
Shockingly, by the time we left (almost 7:30pm) only 3 other parties had come in. The restaurant was essentially empty…and on a Saturday night! We had earlier in the day tried getting a reservation at Madeo which we also love, and it was fully booked until ~9:30pm. We were terribly disappointed with Il Grano, and will not likely return. Have other CH's had similar experiences. Has something changed?