We'd been waiting to try this restaurant which recently changed its name (from Paprika) and menu. (Before it changed hands a couple of years ago, Paprika had been one of our favourite restaurants, where you could always count on the quality of the food.) My wife and I have travelled in Italy a good deal and love Italian food. I'm hoping that we just caught the chef on a really bad night... but we won't be going back until we hear some very good things about this restaurant. We had a meatball appetiser that very basic but ok. We both enjoyed the butternut squash soup. For our mains, I ordered the pork belly and my wife had the paparadelle. The service was very slow even though the restaurant was not full. I was shocked when my main arrived. First off, the server did not bring a proper meat knife and the table knife that I had would not cut through the pork belly. Now I've had this dish before and it's always been "falling off the bone" tender (i.e. you can cut it with a fork). Not so this time. When I requested and got a second knife, it wasn't much better. I don't ever recall having a piece of meat in a restaurant that was a tough as this. And the whole dish, sauce and vegetables included, was extremely salty. My wife, who is not usually one to complain about anything, also found her dish to be far too salty. In the end I sent mine back and my wife left a good portion of her main dish on the plate. We passed on dessert. The maitre 'd came by and apologized and said the chef was checking the rest of the pork belly they had in the kitchen (leading me to think that these were probably not made "in-house" but pre-cooked by the wholesaler). They did not charge me for my entre. This is not the kind of Italian home cooking that I'm looking for.
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