Based on the recommendation of a poster here, my wife and I went to Casa Mia, on 24th St. last night.
Our meal, wine, server and overall experience were overwhelmingly lame. Not terrible. Just sort of left us scratching our heads, wondering how a place like that stays in business, considering the multitudes of alternatives.
I thought I left that food behind in Staten Island.
I understand there are places we all go to that are not very good but we have our reasons for frequenting.
I live across the street from Lupes Restaurant on 6th Ave., four out of five times I eat there, my stomach hates me the next day but its tasty and across the street.
I would never tell someone they should go there, or worse yet, bring someone there who is visiting NYC.
I should mention that the clientele in Casa Mia were obviously tourists from the surrounding hotels and were almost all seniors.
After that, we tried to salvage the rest of our evening and walked over to Enoteca (I Trulli).
There we sat at the bar and enjoyed a flight each of good wines, very well described by the bartender.
The wines were even better with the excellent appetizer we shared as Italian wines tend to be.
We always have a good experience when dealing with that restaurant/wine bar/wine store combination.
The wine store, Vino, is particularly pleasing. We usually deal with the British saleswoman and shes never been anything but helpful and knowledgeable, though not necessarily more so than anyone else there.
We like it so much, we sent my brother and his wife for Italian wine classes at their beautiful little school down the block as a Christmas gift. They rave about it.
Today, there is a post from someone who claims to always have had bad experiences there and directs the reader to a blog condemning the place entirely.
I understand everyone has an opinion but if you live in NYC and post here, you should have, I think, some criteria in common with your fellow posters.
That being the case, how do you account for such a gap in what gets the thumbs up and thumbs down from those of us with such informed opinions?