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“Pure Pleasure”

Ristorante Caterina de' Medici
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Ranked #8 of 47 Restaurants in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Truly authentic regional Italian cuisine takes center stage at Ristorante Caterina de' Medici, a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden, and the Hudson River. Or enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world without ever having to leave the beautiful Hudson Valley.
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Dining at Caterina de'Medici was simply put "pure pleasure". Wonderful meal choices. The braised veal was only made more spectacular by the wonderful sauce surrounding it on the plate. The "market fish" was Branzini. This was cooked to perfection with crispy skin and moist flesh.
The student chef's, as well as every single person affiliated with both the CIA and Caterina itself made the experience beyind enjoyable, as the absolute passion of each came thru with every facet of our visit.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We recently had lunch at one of the four public restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.
These restaurants are part of the hands-on training grounds for the students, most of whom are seeking two- or four-year degrees in the various culinary specialties.
We chose the Ristorante Caterina de Medici, sited in a beautiful Italianate villa-style building on campus..
Our server was a young lady in her second year of studies. She was very eager to answer our questions about the college, while still maintaining the air of professionalism you would expect in such a setting.
With the high quality food, service and ambience, you could imagine yourself
in one of Italy’s finest dining venues. Its no wonder that it is considered the premier culinary arts school in the country!
Reservations are strongly recommended.

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Reviewed January 13, 2014

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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Reviewed December 11, 2013

After reading mixed reviews for this CIA restaurant, we decided to risk it since it was the only CIA restaurant open on Mondays. We're glad we took the risk! We shared the bresaola for the first course - air cured need with shaved Parmesan. Our entrees were the duck breast and braised beef in Barolo. Both were great. We shared a tart of butternut squash and chocolate - a special for the evening. Excellent. We later learned that the mixed results for evenings at these restaurants is often dependent on the experience of the class. We must have had a class close to the end because our evening was special in every regard.

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Reviewed December 6, 2013

Is this place a joke? Could it be that people who say it is great are simply intimidated by its reputation and don't want to appear unsophisticated? The food was pleasant enough, though nothing to brag about, but the portions were microscopic and the meal was totally unbalanced, no potato or pasta or rice or intact veggie. We were so hungry afterwards that we went to another restaurant, and in case you think I'm a 21st century Diamond Jim Brady, I'm 5'7" and weigh all of 135 lbs.

To be fair, we attended a banquet dinner. Maybe as regular customers it would have been different. Our meal was as follows: a small salad with about a half dozen green leaves, a couple of strips of indifferent cheese, a few pieces of tired pear and about 1/8th of a walnut. This was followed by the two smallest pieces of chicken I have ever encountered sitting on about a tablespoon of vegetable puree, garnished with two tiny pieces of mushroom. That was it for the real food. The chicken was moist and well-cooked. The desert, an apple strudel, was very good, and perfectly reasonably sized for desert. And oh yes, the bread seemed stale. The kids doing the serving were pleasant and reasonably competent and the restaurant is pretty.

On reflection you have to wonder about a restaurant that bears the name of a 16th century French queen and regent who has often been accused of plotting the assassination of those inconvenient to the rule of her children.

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