I went here the night before we embarked on a journey down the hudson by boat to NYC for the 4th of July. The ambiance of the main dining room was great. The lighting was spot on, the noise was under control, everything was great. The service was a tad on the slow side but nothing upsetting, they were pretty busy so totally understandable. First of all, the wine prices by the bottle are great. I love not getting ripped on a bottle. For appetizers we shared the prosciutto wrapped and blue cheese stuffed figs. C'mon now, 2 figs cut in half?! They were absolutely tiny and practically got lost on the plate full of arugula and balsamic. If you are going to serve such a tiny portion do it a favor by presenting better so it doesn't look even smaller. Whatever, 4 bites for something like $7 and it wasn't remotely impressive. The calamari was frozen pre breaded, I know it when I eat it. I've been around the industry for years. That takes off points every time. The entrees were decent at best. I went with the bolognese with a scoop of ricotta. It is a basic dish and can be very very tasty. It was ok but not terribly flavorful. My wife got the chicken penne fresca. This is where you lost a TON of points. $17.95 and you have the guts to serve frozen chicken breast with squid ink fake grill marks?! You should be ashamed of yourselves. That is the stuff I pay $17.95 to avoid. I can get that at Olive Garden with never ending vomit sticks. Grill a piece of chicken, learn to cook! Boiling water for pasta isn't cooking. I had you at 3 stars until that junk came to the table. Ask your food salesman why he is allowing you to buy that trash. Its full of pump and sodium. Do you eat that at home? Buy a case of breast, break them down, and grill them off. Unless the price of chicken is through the roof it will save you money and taste better. I get the portion control thing and the ability to cost out each dish but that dinner was worth $9.95 tops because of that chicken. Its a diner food not something I expect at a restaurant with Trattoria in the name. Sorry but people are going to your restaurant expecting one thing and getting another. All the accolades and reviews in the world don't make up for cheap pre prepared frozen food. You have a beautiful space in a great location. I hope next time I am in town I can go there and find fresh ingredients being prepared professionally. I don't think your Nonna would approve of the corners you are cutting!
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