Pretty underwhelming first meal at antico.
- anchovy toast
- burrata salad
- smelling garlic waft out of the kitchen
- fresh spun ice cream
service needs to work on clearing plates. At one point I was sitting with an empty plate for so long that the very friendly pastry chef noticed and came off the line to clear my plate. The same pastry chef also noticed nobody was taking my dessert order and came out of the kitchen again to take my order.
There was a 20% “administrative fee”, whatever the fuck that is, on my bill, with no mention of it at all on the menu or by the server. Not only that, there’s a line for a tip and a helpful “suggested tips” section for 15, 18 and 20 percent tips.
portions of the antipasti and steak were pretty small for the price
pastas and steak were just okay
antipasti - salumi, cheese, bread, preserves from the sea
burrata, sungold tomatoes, basil, breadcrumbs
maritati - “arrabiata” cecci beans
The sauce tasted a bit like a chili with a little bit of heat
bigoli al torchio - heirloom beans, cured tuna heart
Didn’t taste much tuna heart and not a fan of the beans
cavatappi - lamb sugo, gaeta olive, pecorino
bucatini - “al limone” cetara anchovy, colatura
I was looking forward to this pasta the most since they didn’t have the shrimp noodles. I know this is “al limone”, but this tasted overwhelmingly of lemons, no balance at all. Where are the damn anchovies? The colatura wasn’t even noticeable either.
antico steak - salsa verde
I was watching the kitchen make this and thought they were squeezing quite a bit of lemon on it. And yep, when I tasted it, it was pretty much all lemon. Not much salsa verde at all. $44 for four slices of chewy steak and some tiny sides.
fresh spun strawberry ice cream
Highlight. Soft, fluffy ice cream with some delicous macerated harry’s berries strawberries.