My husband and I tried Cotto last night and had mixed reactions, with it barely meriting a very good in my opinion.
In its favor, the decor and visual ambiance (with one exception noted below) is pleasant. They seated us immediately and the staff was very attentive. We each had a very good appetizer -- the eggplant caponata and the beet and goat cheese terrine. The wine was fine. The small plates menu looked interesting with many things I would like to try.
On the other hand: We found it hard to hear our waiter due to the noise level. The fairly small dining room is stuffed full of tables so you are almost touching elbows with your neighbors. The waiter had to come up behind me to speak to us and access the table. In addition, I was facing the back of the restaurant, where there was a ceiling mounted TV playing a movie, which was very distracting. I cannot figure out why someone thought this was a good idea. All in all it was not physically comfortable for me.
Our entrees were disappointing. My husband had the ravioli of the day and I had tagliatelle with bolognese sauce, and both pastas tasted very flour-y and overall the dishes were uninteresting.
Although our waiter was obviously trying very hard, he interrupted us a little too frequently and seemed very hesitant. The busboy asked if I "was still working on" my entree as soon as my husband finished his ravioli, which never fails to irk me.
We will probably go back if we could sit at the bar and stick to small plates or try some entrees other than the pasta.
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