10/10/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I don't know whether my friend and I just got unlucky or whether these ratings are bs and/or written by people who don't know good Italian food, but the food was HORRIBLE. (And we were there on a Friday night, when it was raining and therefore not too busy, so there's no excuse like ""oh, it was an off night,"" or ""it was just super crowded."")
I know good Italian, and I'm originally from NYC. My favorite Italian includes Roberto's on Arthur Avenue and Lidia Bastianich's restaurant, Becco.
The food was not edible with the exception of the caprese salad and the bread--which was not all that great either. The wine was very good to be fair--I ordered the merlot. The stuffed mushrooms and eggplant rollatini were literally not edible, and we didn't eat the vast majority. The meat in the mushrooms tasted horrible and was not cooked properly, and the breadcrumbs were soggy. The eggplant rollatini (which was recommended by the waiter over the eggplant parm) had this aweful fried grease taste which overwhelmed the dish. The ricotta was also not very good (and people who know good Italian know that ricotta in a dish like that, if done well should stand out).The gnocchi tasted like a mediocre frozen brand, though the tomato sauce was decent and the ricotta and mozzarella made it semi-palatable. I did eat about 1/2 of this, BUT it was my friend's dish and she couldn't eat it, and I was still hungry because I couldn't eat my mushrooms and eggplant.
And just to toss it in there, I got this meal at a much cheaper price than it normally would have been because I used a Groupon, so if I'm this dissatisfied having paid about 2/3 the normal price...imagine if I had paid full price! Literally the worst italian meal I've ever had with the exception of the Olive Garden in Philadelphia and maybe a diner once. Better off at a run of the mill Manhattan pizza place.
And ps: the waiters were nice, so this review is not simply bitter or something like that.