I can only really blame myself for setting my expectations for the new restaurant from prodigal chef Moreno Miotto. But I finally went and I have to say, it was a lot of meh. Actually, I also blame Alexandra Gill for her review of the previous incarnation of the restaurant after the chef took over, praising the handmade pastas with "exquisitely balanced sauces". So, I went mainly for carbs, glorious carbs.
We ordered calamari which was deep fried (boo!) and served on decent marinara and burrata with prosciutto. The apps were way bigger than I anticipated, the seasoning either too much or not enough depending on which side of the plate you ate from. This was not a good start.
We then each had a half pasta course which is when things went wrong-er. My date ordered the spaghetti and tomato sauce. At a place that prides itself on pasta, this move is like ordering a margherita pizza place - if it's not good, the chef needs to step back and work their fundamentals. It came and looked and, to be honest, tasted like Campbell's tomato soup - except more watery and strangely bitter. My pasta was a campanelle with fennel sausage desperately seeking salt, and body. Two big disappointments on a pricey date night.
Fortunately, my honey ordered a wagyu-style rib eye and it was very, very good! Well-seasoned with an excellent crust, spot on doneness with a sutble touch of rosemary and olive to finish, it was delicious (and we were really not hungry at this point). The sauteed mushroom side he got was also very well done. This, coupled with the decent wine list (not too badly marked up, especially for a hotel restaurant), saved the night. If they can bang that out consistently, there may be hope yet.