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“Changes needed to pricetag and service” 4 of 5 stars
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La Piazza
402 S. Franklin St, Syracuse, NY 13202
(315) 378-4165
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Ranked #262 of 618 Restaurants in Syracuse
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Changes needed to pricetag and service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

This restaurant opened very recently and we decided to try it. The bar area is exceptional: large windows, bright and airy. Bartender and bar area: excellent. Good menu variety. Owner makes the rounds and introduces himself to diners. Loaf of bread given to each couple after dinner. We've dined here twice: once inside and once outside. Our first visit was excellent. Dinner arrived on time. Second time, we were stuck behind a table of at least 18 people, and our waitress was attentive but inexperienced. Service was slow and I get the sense that the restaurant was understaffed and unable to cater to the large table without compromising service at the others.

Menu choices are diverse and meals are tasty. Prices are somewhat high for pasta, which tends to be a high-margin item to begin with. Meatballs requested with my Pasta and marinara sauce were fantastic.

One last point: this restaurant's owner is being sued by that of another restaurant (Pastabilities) for using its bread recipe. There is no comparison between the stretch bread at La Piazza and that of Pastabilities. La Piazza's bread is drier and of different texture (despite looking similar to that of Pastabilities bread) and everyone at the table preferred the Pastabilities bread. However, the congeniality of the La Piazza owner and the favorable ambience in his bar and restaurant are will keep us returning, especially if he's able to improve his service and change his pasta price points to something more reasonable given what is served.

Be sure to try the spicy yogurt sauce served with the bread before dinner. Incredible!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Syracuse, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“New and Interesting but Pricey”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This restaurant was sitting dormant for so long in the Armory section of Syracuse that I am glad to see it alive again. Unfortunately, there were some significant issues.

The good and memorable part of our meal was the beginning with a special Greek yogurt dip with our bread, as a starter. Tasty and different

The glass of wine was nearly a glass (very skimpy)

The prices of the the dishes were high with personal pizzas at $15. My friend ordered the special Greek pasta including lemon butter, Greek pasta and yogurt....$14.50 (buttered pasta for this price?...to much) I had Chicken Riggies ($19.50) which was extremely HOT seasoned with what we thought was Chipotle sauce. The waitress returned it and had another one made for me. The second one was tasty and not hot nor smoky flavored.

The check came to $96 for 3 of us and one of our meals did not have meat. We had 3 glasses of wine and a beer. IDK...a little pricey for what you got. The ambiance was very nice and the waitress was excellent! The owner greater us and was very nice. I hope with some changes this place will still make it!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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