Let me start this review with the fact that I have wanted to try this restaurant out for over a year. I am of Italian heritage, lived with an Italian grandma who has cooked for me and visited Italy multiple times.
1. They substitute years of the wine from the menu without telling you ahead of time! We ordered a 2005 and they try to give us a 2008 without asking if it is OK. If you want to be taken seriously as a restaurant keep your wine card up to date or make an "error" in my favor.
2. What was given to us was not what was ordered from the menu. The dishes advertised were more complex than what was served and the sides were also not the same.
3. The veal was very dry and tasted only like Rosemary.
4. We did not receive the "cheeks" of the fish even though we ordered a whole fish!
5. The bread wasn't that good. I should have figured that an Italian restaurant with so-so bread is only for tourists.
6. Split plates will run you about 75% x 2 of the dish. So a ~11 Euro plate of pasta (which wasn't that good) wound up costing 18Euros because it was spit. The kicker is that we weren't told ahead of time. Normally you expect a 25-50% service charge but not 75%
7. The waiters were pushing the split plates (now I know why) and other expensive items that weren't on the menu... They didn't seem to care about our dining experience just how much they make on us.
8. The coffee didn't taste like it was from an Italian restaurant. It tasted a bit burnt and was remarkably unremarkable. I would never expect them to serve something so pedestrian in such an expensive restaurant.
9. The desserts were screwed up. Their tiramasu was totally unlike a normal tiramasu and it wasn't at all fluffy. My wife ordered some nasty custard (actually it was supposed to be mousse but wasn't the right consistency at all) that I didn't care to even finish for her.
10. They take it upon themselves to add a nice tip to the bill, which is at the discretion of the restaurant but they didn't put that anywhere on the menu or tell us ahead of time.
11. The value at the restaurant is perhaps the worst part because while none of this food will make you sick (I'm hoping the carpaccio doesn't do me in...) they charge an arm and a leg for 70Euro/person without wine!
I can't help but think these guys were laughing at us in the back about the stupid American's that don't know what Italian food is. Either that, or they don't know either!
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