Being unable to bear the waits at al di la, Blue Ribbon, etc we checked out this new place in the old Cucina spot on Saturday night. They had just opened on Wednesday. We had eaten at Cucina in the past and continue to enjoy the décor. It did, however, get quite loud and the restaurant was only about half full, so acoustics will be a problem.
We all agreed that overall the food was impressive, especially considering the place is so young. I think that once the kitchen gets truly acclimated and works out the kinks, it could be outstanding. The dishes that impressed me the most were the sweetbead appetizer and the paparedelle with wild boar ragu (the pasta could have been better, but the ragu was exceptional).
Our waiter, however, was atrocious. From the moment we sat down, he was abrasive and condescending. He continously pushed us to order more food and wine at every interaction to the point that it became obnoxious. We understand the restaurant wants us order several courses per person, but we simply did not want to. Each person ordered a main course and we ordered three appetizers and two desserts. We ordered one bottle of wine to share between three people, one person had a mixed drink, and another person had a beer. While not a lot, this is certainly enough to order. Despite this, we were constantly and agressively told we were not ordering enough. Members of the group said that they felt demeaned by the waiter and it changed the entire tone of the evening. With the competition in the neighborhood, you only get one shot to do it right in our book, and they blew it. We will not be back.