My spouse and I have been long-time supporters of, and frequent diners at, Primo and couldn't be happier for them with their recent James Beard award. We feel it is well deserved. That said, our visit this past weekend was not so great. As usual, we sat upstairs at the bar so that we could order from all menus, and because we prefer the atmosphere there. The selection, the variety, the quality of menu ingredients are all still very much present. What I have noticed over the last couple of years, however, is a rather steep pricing creep. I realize it costs a lot to serve the breadth of what Primo's menu offers, at the quality they achieve, but I have to say, $38 for a rather small halibut entree was a bit much, however good it was. And while I've noticed this creep in the last couple of years, what added insult to injury for me this first visit of the season, was the rather puny size of the entrees, a quibble I don't usually have with Primo. In addition to the halibut, we ordered a braised pork and pasta (agnolotti, stuffed with cheese, I think?) dish which tasted very good, but the rather small bits of pork in the dish were so fatty, that we literally got maybe four bites of meat. That and the four agnolotti, plus a few stray carrots and fresh peas. We mentioned the pork issue to our server, but his response was something like, "yeah, that's the way it comes"--as though, our reluctance to eat the pork fat was like we were some rookies unfamiliar with the "all things pig" club (of which my husband and I are maybe charter members!) Fine lardo, this was not. And, at $30, a little spendy.
All that aside, our meal was fine (we had lots of other things); it's just that I came away a bit unsatisfied with the experience and uneasy with the pricing. I'm wondering if others are feeling this, too.