Bring your sense of humor and a lot of money.
If you visit their website, click on the Menu, then Photos of the Food. You?ll see an empty plate and the phrase ?I guess somebody ate it, you?ll have to come to the restaurant!? Don?t be fooled. That?s what it looks like when they serve it. You could see the waitstaff nervously smiling either from feeling foolish or thinking you?re a fool when they bring it to the table. Eight postage sized bites of food with two glasses of wine each = $1,000. No, that is no mistake. That was the bill for four people. I would love to comment more on the food, however, there was so little of it, I can?t.
This was one of the most valueless meals I?ve ever eaten. How do I know? I am not a gastronome. But I do dine out about 160 nights a year as a result of my work. I avoid the big name chains and seek out local restaurants. During the year I have a few great dinners, and the majority are normally very good, representing good value, and very few bad. And I have spent upwards of $200 per person with varying levels of satisfaction.
I?ve traveled to Italy on numerous occasions and have eaten in many very good (not the equivalent of pricey) restaurants for authentic cuisine in Rome, Siena, Florence, Sorrento, Venice, etc?portions were alway satisfying and wonderfully prepared. This place was neither authentic Italian, unique or satisfying.
My advice is to buy a plane ticket to Italy, have dinner and return home. It?ll be cheaper and much more satisfying.
My hat is off to the owner though. Vetri craftily separated us from our money. Once. It's ashame he doesn't utilize that same inspiration to give his customers something memorable other than an inflated bill for a most uninspired meal.