This is a "hot" restaurant, here in Utica, NY. Reservations are a must, and hard to come by, especially on weekends.
Entering, this appears to be a raucous and loud joint, with brick walls. Music is blaring...too loud for my taste..and it doesn't stop.
But, this is not really that kind of restaurant. This offers a fine dining experience!
There is no other place quite like it in the area. Nothing Italian on the menu, contrary to almost every other restaurant in the area. No Veal Parm, no Utica greens.
They book reservations about two hours for a party of two, and more for a party of four. The waitstaff announce they will be taking their time...they don't want to rush the diners... They want this eating experience to be relaxed.
As a consequence, I found several "lulls" in my service. Had a waitress been present during those lulls, I would have placed my order, or asked for a drink, or dessert. But I just had to relax and wait. A bit of a nuisance.
The menu was eclectic. The presentation of the food on the plates was excellent. But most important, the items tasted delicious...all of them!
Prices were moderately high for this area. Dinner was just over $50 /person including a drink.
When I walked outside I was pleased to hear NOTHING! It was quiet and I appreciated the silence. I don't know why they blare that music all night. This restaurant would work well in a hushed environment.
But I'll definitely return...and soon! All in all, excellent restaurant!!
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