After a week of anticipation (heightened after reading so many positive reviews), I finally had the chance to dine at Scarpetta tonight with some friends. Sadly, we were disappointed.
While the room (we dined in the back) was well-designed, well-lit and well-serviced by a pleasant waiter and team of bussers, the food was lacking.
It began with our bottle of red wine arriving at the table cold-- too cold to drink, which wasn't right, even on a hot night like tonight...and that's not all that was too cold. It's worth noting that all of the food that was served was luke-warm.
Raw Yellowtail - described as "thinly sliced", a relative term to be sure, but this was on par with the thickness of sliced bread
Tuna 'susci' - tasted as though it might have been missing an ingredient
Creamy Polenta (specialty as described by our waiter) - excellent, possibly the best thing we ate
Imported Burrata with eggplant - very good
Crispy Fritto Misto - soggy, oily and far from "crispy"
Spaghetti with tomato and basil (another specialty as described by our waiter) - very good taste but served warm, not hot. And at $24, it's way too expensive
Imported Calamarata Pasta with mixed seafood, uni and minted breadcrumbs - too al dente and again, not hot
Boneless Braised Veal Shank - rich, tasty but not hot
Branzino - bland
I'd like to say they were having an off night-- our waiter didn't even stop by to ask how our food was. I'm sad to say that I won't be back soon.
Pros: bread basket w/accoutrements, handsome room
Cons: bread basket should not be the highlight, very expensive for what it is, food wasn't hot!