I struggle with how to rate Tre Galline because "average" doesn't really describe it yet I can't bring myself to rate it any higher. We dined there for Valentine's Day and were disappointed to see they chose to offer a "special" menu. Which meant there wasn't nearly as much to choose from as we experienced previously. The dining room looked lovely, with fresh rose petals spread on the lavender linens in honor of the day. The lighting was way too bright, but we remedied that when we discovered we were seated next to the switch that controlled the downspots at each table.
We were seated promptly, given a basket of bread and presented with a small appetizer of a stuffed tomato. We had one copy of the special menu, placed on the table and had to ask for the wine list. Our server appeared to be wishing mightily that he could be someplace else. He gave us the wine list, took our orders, and promptly forgot all about us. After an increasingly long wait we finally flagged down the owner and pointed out that we had no wine, no water in our empty water glasses, no salad, "nada."
She did make sure we were then served but it really shouldn't have taken a complaint to get decent service, especially as the restaurant wasn't full and a group that entered after us were served much more promptly.
As to the food, the salad was uninspired but fresh. My husband's dish of gnocchi was "adequate but nothing special" and my choice of 3 types of ravioli was beautifully presented but only good, not exceptional. Creme brulee for dessert was good as was the wine by the glass, generously poured.
I know there's some difference of opinion of whether Tre Galline is over-priced and I'm afraid I have to come down on the "yes" side of that one. I think what tipped the scale is that we were charged 50 pesos (more than $4) for a 1 liter bottle of ordinary water for which we'd have paid maybe 12 pesos in any store in town. The bill for a dinner of a salad, 2 pasta dishes, one dessert, 2 glasses of wine and a bottle of water (including tax and a tip that was really more generous than the waiter earned) came to $85. So yeah, it's over-priced and there are other places in town that perhaps don't have the ambiance but offer good food and more reasonable prices.
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