08/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I ate there for the first time on a Sunday evening. The atmosphere is lovely - great bar, cool dining room, and the do a nice job with the outdoor seating considering you are right on a busy street. I felt the service was lacking. We sat with our drinks from the bar for about 20 minutes before anyone came by to set the table with napkins, silverware, etc. Then our waiter came up and asked if we wanted appetizers without bringing menus. Once he brought the menus the bus person asked if we wanted bread. That didn't arrive until the apps came and we asked the waiter.
We ordered a bottle of wine and our waiter brought the wrong one. It was good, but the wrong bottle! He asked if we were ready to order and we asked if there were any specials and he said, oh yeah.... and rattled them off. He wasn't a pill or anything, but I didn't feel like he knew his job very well. The whole meal took about 2 1/2 hours! It wasn't well executed and the restaurant wasn't busy at all. There were only about 8 other tables occupied.
That being said, the food was great. I had the risotto primerva and it was great. My friend had the risotto with veal and porcini mushrooms and it was outstanding! I wish I had ordered that!!
I don't live in the neighborhood so I probably would'nt make the trip to go to Natalino's again. My advice is if you are picky about service, you won't like it. If you can go with the flow, the food is very good.