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Denis | Mar 20, 2006 09:49 AM

Enjoyed the food very much here last night, but as noted in some prior posts the service wasn't great. The hostess/manager was a bit high-handed when we asked why we couldn't sit at a different table (it had been specifically requested for a later reservation, which is a fine reason), the waiter though nice was a bit pushy. Almost succeeded in pushing a bottle of water on us and then pressed certain dishes rather agressively. (They also have a quite dangerous step in a spot right near the door. It had been painted white, but the paint's mostly worn away, and though they do make an effort to catch people as they enter and warn them about it, they didn't get to me and, partly because my eyes were still adjusting to the lighting, I didn't see it and almost face planted onto a table.) The service was also a bit slow. Seemed like only one of the three, non-buser, front-of-house staff people was actually serving as a waiter, though the others were helping bring checks and run food, and the place was full.

But the food, most importantly, was a distinct cut above. We had some dishes that have been commented on here before or in the times piece: the cod three ways (brandade-like, carpaccio, and fried), which was quite delightful in all its forms, and the gnocchi with wild boar and portobello mushroom cocoa sauce, which was really nice--gnocchi very light, flavorful meat and sauce, but not too much of either, with the cocoa providing a great smoky bass note. We also had the sardine lasagna with raisins and such, in the Sicilian style, which was also really nicely done. Had sopressata and cheeses too--sopressatta was light and tangy, not too chewy as store-bought can be, and the cheeses were fine.

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