Several people I know mentioned this relatively new Italian place in Ridgefiled, thus we went to check it out, anticipating the best. It turned out to be the worst. We walked in for lunch at 12:45. The white linen tablecloths and the frescoes on the walls looked attractive, but there was not a single soul to meet us. Not anybody sitting at the tables either. This was not a good sign but we persisted. We turned around and entered the bar where finally we found somebody who agreed to seat us, somewhat reluctantly.
It took a long time to get menus, but they eventually materialized, followed by the wine list we requested. The second bad sign was the wine menu, containing erroneous info. One example: I love Sella & Mosca’s Vermentino di Sardegna, a crispy white wine from the island of Sardinia. It was figuring on the menu as wine from Friuly, a good wine region, but in the North of Italy, definitely, far away from Sardinia. We decided to order just glasses of Prosecco Mionnetto, which seemed a safe choice, given the circumstances.
The waiter insisted on telling us about the specials and I picked up the grilled branzino (no matter how strange/erroneous the pronunciation of the waiter was, my thinking being, what could possibly go wrong with grilled bass?). Penne a la vodka was the other dish we ordered and they both showed up promptly. Way too promptly for something that is supposed to have been cooked from scratch. Immediately upon delivery the waiter arrived to ask if “everything was OK”. But wait, that was not the worst part: the fish tasted watery and mushy, like something that’s been cooked in the microwave from frozen state. It was dumped atop some kind of salad consisting of greens, tomatoes and large slices of red onions, the whole thing smothered in a non-identifiable heavy reddish sweetened dressing which made it completely uneatable. The pasta was grossly overcooked and we soon asked for a check. The waiter wanted to pack the stuff we left on the table but we declined, if we did not eat it there, what made him thing we would eat it at home? Huge disappointment, another place we are never going back to.
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