What are these two places doing in the same post? They happen to be where he had dinner on the last two nights and they both did just what they're supposed to do.
I took a special out of town friend, a chef, to Splendido and it was the perfect choice. We all know that wine, food etc. are impeccable there, but I don't think I've ever had better service anywhere....Per Se included.
The difference was that it wasn't the somewhat rigid, obsequious treatment you get when a V.I.P. is in the house. This was friendly, warm, informed knowledgeable treatment from top to bottom. Not just about the detailed provenance of every item on the superb cheese tray, for example, but where to re-direct some of the chef's colleagues who had been steered to a bummer restaurant for THEIR dinner.
The question has been answered: if you want the perfect upscale place for someone who knows their food and prefers honest concern rather than faux attitude, take them to Splendido.
Okay you might imagine after a Splendido dinner we'd lay low the next night and that's just what we did, finally hitting up this place in our neighbourhood for some of their legendary panini.
The food did not at all disappoint. We tried three different sandwiches: eggplant, chicken, sausage. Each was huge. perfectly toasted, crusty with cheese, and full of tasty ingredients.
The rest? Forget the makeover. It's still a Ma & Pa place with both the good and the bad it entails.
Yeah, you'll wait 25 minutes for the sandwiches, but they're impeccably fresh. Sure, the music is tacky Neapolitan, how but how much no-name jazz do you want to listen to? And yes, the staff may have the odd high-level squabble you hear all the way in the back dining room, but it's all part of the fun.
Three enormous sandwiches (and we are ALL big eaters), three diet cokes, a generous tip and we were out of there for $25.
I'd try it soon.