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Re: “Sparacino Ristorante

We had a mixed experience. The room is nicely appointed and cozy and our server was friendly. My guest and I ordered Caprese Salad and Carpaccio. Both were tasty and had n ice presentations. My guest had the filet mignon, which had a wonderful port wine reduction (identical to the sauce on the lamb). The dish was an overall success. I ordered the special veal dish which consisted of sliced and lightly breaded veal, sauteed in a brandy/sage sauce and topped with prosciutto and fresh mozzarella cheese. Sounds wonderful, right? WRONG! It was the WORST entree I have ever tasted! I've never before spit out my food at a restaurant, but I had to here. I would have sent it back, but the server never came by to ask how the dish was, so I didn't have a chance. UGH! I can't even think about it without gagging!

I can't really explain my experience other than to say that if I didn't have that entree, I would go back. We're going to chalk it up to bad luck.

Posted by Carrie Foris on 03/28/2008 at 2:09 PM

The food was excellent. We had the carpaccio, which was terrific. It consisted of thin slices of raw beef, drizzled with truffle oil and a small, lightly dressed arugula salad topped with shaved parmesan cheese. We also had a mediterranean salad, which consisted of arugula and hearts of palm drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar. The arugula needed some dressing, but it was an OK salad overal. I had the butternut squash gnocci with truffle cream sauce--excellent! My husband had the lasagna, which had an assortment of meats (including mortadella) and besciamel sauce between the layers and topped with a meaty bolognase. Very different!

Service sucked! Someone should tell the staff that waiting tables means more than taking orders and collecting the money. The chef came around to answer questions--That was a nice touch, it might have been just enough for us to overlook the service.

We recommend this place for the food, but don't expect stellar service.

Posted by Carrie Foris on 11/08/2006 at 10:52 PM

Re: “Edelweiss

We have been going to this restaurant about once every two months for the past 5 years. We really enjoy the servers and the atmosphere, but the quality of the food has been slipping lately. The meat (especially the pork shank and duck) seems like it was pre-cooked several days earlier and then re-heated for dinner. This has been our experience on each of our vists this year and hope that it is not a sign of the end. Love the oom-pah band and the terrific beer selection, though.

Posted by Carrie Foris on 10/09/2006 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Nick's Fishmarket

This restaurant is so overpriced, it is shocking! There are many other seafood restaurants with the same quality, if not better, food than Nick's. This was a complete waste of money!

Posted by Carrie Foris on 09/04/2006 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Francesca's Fiore

We had been avoiding this restaurant since the Valentine's Day fiasco several years ago, when the restaurant featured an extremely loud and very profane rock band. (The restaurant nearly cleared out when the lead "singer" screamed "F**K YOU!!! to the patrons)

Nevertheless, we ventured back on Friday Night, earplugs in tow. This time, however, there was no band. No music at all for that matter.

We sat at the bar and the bartender and an assistant waited on us. The bartender couldn't tell a Cabernet from a Chardonnay and his food sense was questionable. On the other hand, the assistant was quite helpful.

The bartender suggested a special garlic lamb entree that he touted as "the best", so I ordered the lamb and my husband ordered the sauteed whitefish special. The lamb arrived as double rib chops surrounded by a ton of roasted garlic. It looked great, and I was eager to try it. Unfortunately, the lamb was so "gamey" that I was forced to send it back. (The bartender later told me he thought it was too gamey when he tried it, but he was told by his superiors that it was good and that he should sell it as such.) I chose a quick pesto pasta with chicken that was again disappointing. My husband's whitefish special, served sauteed with a light white wine sauce was fair.

The high note of the meal was actually the appetizers: the carpaccio with capers and shaved parmesan and bruschetta with fressh mozzarella. Both very fresh and very flavorful.

This restaurant really wasn't worth the extra cash. A better option is right next door--"Jimmy's Place". Excellent food and great prices. Next time, we'll eat there.

Posted by Carrie Foris on 07/31/2006 at 1:14 PM

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