I recently planned a corporate dinner function at this restaurant for 60 people. The owner closed down the restaurant to accomodate our party. I was torn between Valbella and Applausi. Applausi won my business because Beppe (one of the owners) was very pleasant to deal with, he was helpful with the menu selection and he was accomodating to our needs. He made me feel like he wanted our business and wanted to take care of us, whereas Valbella was not as accomodating. I read plenty of reviews on this restaurant prior which helped seal the deal. I am so glad that we selected Applausi. The food was amazing and the service was outstanding. With a party this size most restaurants provide you with a prefix menu and will not make any accomodations off the prefix. I have to say, Applausi provided us with a prefix menu but they were willing to change things upon the guests request. Beppe said that if a guest didn't like what was on the prefix, he would make them whatever they wanted off of the regular menu. Amazing!!! The food was made fresh to order and not pre assempled before the event like lots of other restaurants and it was DELICIOUS!!!! Every single person that attended could not say enough about the food. Even our most finiky attendee spoke very highly of the food and the service. I recommend this restaurant highly to anyone reading this review. Yes, Valbella has great food and a great atmosphere at a very, very high price but Applausi has all of this and more at a wallet friendly price. I will definitely use Applausi again.
If you plan on having a corporate dinner, I would say that 60 fit comfortably into this restaurant, anything more would be a little tight.
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