The restaurants on the CIA campus are all run by the students as a part of their training, so one must take that into account when rating a place. It's nice to see the future of the industry taking their first steps into the public arena. That being said, it kind of has a "clubhouse" type feel, as everyone works/goes to class/lives together. Also the service was a bit spotty, but the semester just started and it may have been this guy's first week waiting tables ever.
The food was very good. We ate at Al Forno and had a front row seat to the open kitchen.We had the bar snacks (olives, hummus, and almonds), and 2 pizzas. The Bianca pizza was the stand out. Pears, ricotta, truffle oil. YUM! Also the chocolate budino was amazing. The cream wasn't sweet, which I liked, and there was a liberal dusting of salt over the top. (I love salt on desserts, this practice started a few years ago, and I'm a fan)
Next time I'll make a reservation and eat in the main dining room. Overall it was a fun experience
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