The tasting menu exposes you to many original, inventive, ambitious dishes in very manageable proportions, expertly described by the waiters, in a lovely setting, beautifully presented...but it simply wasn't great. It was good. For both the wine pairing and the food, there were lots of hits but also several misses. (Others have mentioned the caramelized onion dish as a hit; add me to that list, and the desserts were among the best I've ever had too.) It was also too eclectic; there wasn't a theme. I wasn't transported to a region of Italy, or even to Italy, really. Especially the wine pairings. The wines came from all over Europe. One strong recommendation: unless you are a major oenophile with a high tolerance, one $135 wine pairing is enough for two people, especially because the courses and pairings arrive at a fast pace. They thoughtfully allow you to share one pairing, and no one can accuse them of skimping on the pourings. A funny anecdote: one red smelled and tasted like tobacco and leather. However, by announcing this to us in advance, the sommelier attempted to turn this bug into a feature. Feature or not, if I wanted things to taste like tobacco, I'd smoke.
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