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Torrisi Italian Specialities Pre-fix Menu Review


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Torrisi Italian Specialities Pre-fix Menu Review

ASL123 | Jan 22, 2013 06:45 AM

This could be the most disappointing experience we have had over the past year. I'm glad we didn't do the $160 chef's tasting menu. I can't speak to whether the quality has decreased since they first started doing the pre-fix menu because we never were able to go. The reasons for why the meal was disappointing were as follows: uninspired dishes, poor price to value both in terms of quality of ingredients and size of portions, stiff/mediocre service, weak atmosphere, and a very overpriced wine list. The antipasti - mozzarella with bread (fine, nothing special), grilled arancini (interesting little dish), surf and turf carpaccio (not bad, just strange and would never desire to have tuna with little bits of pork belly, sea urchin, and bone marrow on top again), foie with potato and apple (eh, had much better preparations at other restaurants). The pastas were the highlight of the meal. The sheep's milk gnocchi with chestnuts and the macaroni paesanos were delicious. My only complaint is I wish the macaroni has more seafood in it, but it had great flavor. The entrees were huge letdowns - the blackbass with pickled vegetables had no flavor and the skin was mushy. I can prepare blackbass at home that tastes a lot better than what was served. Also, what is with all the pickled vegetables? How about something without vinegar please. The veal also lacked any flavor and it was one measly medallion. It was so simple, nothing interesting about it. The dessert was a tasty lemon cake. How about offering 2 desserts instead of 1? That way two people can share instead of having to get the same thing. For $75/person we left the restaurant feeling we were duped and also still a little hungry. In addition, the wine list is obnoxious. They had 1 glass of sparkling white wine for $15 and 1 glass of red for $16. Every other glass was $18 or more. They charged $18 for a glass of vermentino. I wasn't familiar with the label but I wonder if the retail price for the bottle was about $12 like many vermentinos. The price per bottle was also on the high side - with bottles starting in the high 50's to low 60's depending on the region. The service was extremely stiff and the seating uncomfortable. This was a place I had high hopes for given my love for the original Torrisi/Parm sandwich shop. I wonder if the main chef was out that night but even if that is the excuse, the dishes were boring and the meal overpriced by a wide margin. At this price point this restaurant fails on every level for me.

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