I just went there last night- Michael Scelfo's new place on North Street in the North End. I thought it was good- prices were great. It was fairly empty though- what gives? The waitress said that they are busy for brunch and busy earlier in the week, since it is a neighborhood place- but when my friend and I got there at 6:30 (admittedly on the early side) we were the only people there. Others started to stream in later, but it was only about half-full when we left. What gives? In total, my friend and I spent $60 pre-tip for an appetizer, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine, which I think is pretty good, especially considering the ample portions. The service was great, and the place has a nice comfortable feel about it. Anyone else been?
Started with an app of the cheese of the moment, burrata, and prosciutto and a fennel and string bean salad. It was HUGE- my friend and I split it, and I am so glad we only got one app instead of two. The bread which accompanied had a nice spread with it, which tasted like it had, among other things, cardamom in it.
For entrees, my friend and I shared the fried oyster sandwich which was also huge and on the same foccaccia-like bread, with smoked ham and coleslaw and an Old Bay aioli, (I am personally not a fan of Old Bay so I didn't love it) accompanied by a gigantic mound of home-made potato chips. The chips were great, the oysters were nice and crunchy. We also had the ribeye steak, which was accompanied by rosemary scented fries, and a string bean salad with speck. The steak, which we asked for medium rare, was a tad overcooked, and so a little tough for my taste, but the flavor was excellent. The fries were great. All in all a very pleasant, well-priced meal. I know Alison Arnett gave it a good review, but when I just looked on the boston.com website, it seems that diners have given it a mixed review.
Anyway, I'm curious to know what other Chowhounders think.
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