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We were so disappointed with their white truffle dinner last night. They had a super abundance of beautiful white Alba truffles and we were very excited for dinner. We were asked if we wanted the wine pairings to which we said yes. They gave us a placemat with four circles, and promptly brought out three of the four glasses full of wine. Who does this with a wine pairing? You pour the wine (and describe it) with each course. Not here.
Owner Victor Rallo introduced himself at the truffle bar and talked about how reasonable this dinner was, and how they were going to be giving us "tons" of truffles with our three courses.
First course of eggs came out overcooked and cool, seemed like they were premade and reheated. The truffle man came over and shaved a few truffles on the top. Did I say a few? Next course of pasta was a minuscule serving of pasta at best and Mr. Rallo himself did the truffle shaving. Again, not too many truffles...pasta was overcooked and again, not hot. When Mr. Rallo came by again, we ordered an order of risotto, (which was not on the tasting, figuring they couldn't precook it, thus it would come out hot). The risotto was outstanding! When Mr. Rallo brought over the truffle to shave on the risotto, I asked him what type of mushrooms were on top. And he replied, "those aren't mushrooms, those are black truffles". Well I know, (and my three other tablemates know), what a black truffle looks like vs. a black trumpet mushroom- seems like Mr. Rallo didn't know the difference. Regardless, this was the best dish of the night. The next course of he tasting was a veal stew with polenta. This was the worst course of the night- polenta had no grit to it and was watery, and the veal stew was blah at best. The final course of cheese with truffle honey was fine.
All in all, this "reasonably" priced dinner, with inexperienced service, and minimal truffles ended up costing $350 per couple. Easily the rip off dinner of the year.
We kept saying that Nicholas would never have a dinner like this: terrible service, mediocre food, with huge price tag. Needless to say, we won't be back!
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