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Re: “Luca Cucina Italiana and Other Global Eats in Add-U

Luca? Ick. Patoooie. Impossible to imagine anyone serving food like this today. It was a terrible meal, and there was no excuse for the inept preparation or service, since we were one of two tables in the place. The reviewer reports that the owner/chef is an expat Italian and I can understand why: serving stuff like this could get you killed in some places in Italy.

Posted by Kimboi on 08/02/2011 at 1:30 AM

Re: “Fishy Nostalgia

Spenger's has gone from being mediocre to disgusting and potentially dangerous. The penultimate time I ate there, it was barely competent, if dated. When some friends wanted seafood, we settled on Spenger's; I offered the suggestion to "stick to fried or grilled." The food we got was quite obviously not fresh, and some was very much spoiled. The "seared scallops" had black grunge on them, as from a grill that hadn't been cleaned in a long while; they were bathed in a sickly-sweet gluey sauce and accompanied by something that looked like chop suey from a pouch.

It either needs an intervention by Gordon Ramsey or the Health Department.

Posted by Kimboi on 08/02/2011 at 1:23 AM

Re: “Hello Again, Giovanni

Decent, well worth a visit. The review is spot-on about the atmosphere and comfort level. It's a blast from the past, and perfectly OK as long as you know what to expect.

The gnocchi special was very good; tender light gnocchi, a flavorful but not overpowering gorgonzola/walnut/basil/cream sauce. We ordered the side of sauteed greens, which turned out to be asparagus: cooked just right, well seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, and oil. Spaghetti and meatballs weren't nonna's, but excellent.

Too bad they no longer have a full bar! I wanted a Campari but...

If you want an authentic olde-school Italian restaurant, and to be able to hear yourself think, do give Giovanni's a shot. I really am glad they're back, and hope they make it.

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Posted by Kimboi on 04/08/2011 at 10:37 PM

Re: “Hello Again, Giovanni

One does really have to wonder about a reviewer who expects anything but dry penne. Frankly, there are many pasta dishes for which a house-made pasta would be pretentious -- and add needless expense for questionable gain.

Nonetheless, the review made going back there thinkable -- we'll see how it turns out

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Posted by Kimboi on 04/08/2011 at 8:49 PM

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