The reviews were compelling, but the three of us were really underwhelmed on a recent evening in December. The artichokes with mint were pleasant to start, but the chicken livers wrapped in prosciutto were criminally overcooked, and a solitary quail with an overly sweet sauce was abusive at $25. After ordering the special main of the day, oxtail ragu over homemade pappardelle, the waiter returned to report it was sold out (at 8:30 with the restaurant nowhere near full). A substitute was ordered, but the waiter returned once again and announced that a special order would be made to accommodate. Too bad, as it turned out; the ragu was anonymous and the pasta thick and unappealing. Two of us had the strozzapreti with sausage and fennel pollen, but it too was simple and the pasta undistinguished. We didn't finish any of the main dishes. We were too demoralized to face dessert, and called it a night.
Wine list is a nice mix of Italian, Spanish and Portuguese offerings, somewhat aggressively priced. Service was decent.
Based on the dishes we had, the impression is of average American-Italian fare, way overpriced, not the exotic exploration of Mediterranean cuisine the menu implies.
There are too many other good places in Brooklyn; not recommended.
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