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Regional mini-reprt

Skillet Licker | Jun 26, 2005 03:02 AM

1. Screaming babies abound at this Broadway and 98th Street Italian. I've got nothing against little ones, mind you, but bringing them to a restaurant alters the atmosphere of that restaurant and turns it into a noisey, schleppy affair.

2. The pastas happen to be excellent. We tried the spaghetti with lamb ragu, which was as good as I've had anywhere, with real depth of flavor, rich, but not overly so, and tender, shredded lamb. I've had a lot of miserable ragu's at higher end and lower end places, but Regional seems to have gotten it just right. Also just right was the seafood bucatelli in which both the tomato sauce and seafood ingredients were independently delicious and came together to create a first-rate cooperative enterprise.

3. The staff, however, need to be taught some manners. We were barely greeted by the amateurish hostess upon entering, and received nary a thanks or goodbye from the staff, all of whom stared blankly at us, as we left.

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