My entire family was delighted with the food and the experience. Even though CIA is a teaching institution, Caterina de' Medici has the look and feel of an upscale Italian restaurant. The food had a terrific mix of somewhat chic, more involved dishes in addition to more traditional Italian, gourmet, comfort food. The braised beef in a Barolo wine sauce was extremely tender and flavorful. It was well complemented by one of their reasonably priced wines by the glass, Aglianico de Vulture. Perhaps my only mild disappointment was that the size of their wine pours were on the small size. The fusilli in lamb ragu sauce was amazing as was the sea bass. Our desert cheeses rocked - especially since our server asked for our style preferences and then delivered on a range of Italian cheeses that met our specifications. They brought five different cheeses that truly represented our choices. The entire bill was reasonable for a multi-course event and the service was outstanding. Our servers were preparing to go through their graduation event in about a week, so it is possible we had a strong, experienced staff. None-the-less, they were terrific. I cannot wait to go back!!
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