Okay, now that you’re paying attention
I tried iL Dandy a couple weeks ago. Not particularly wowed, but I’d like to try it another time or two before totally writing it off.
Cocktails were good
Gin & Tonic…I really liked the wallpaper behind it
Riff on a Negroni
This was vodka with something else…passionfruit and beets I think
Then we decided to order a pizza. The pizza selections were unusual and the crust is made with a strain of yeast that is 100+ years and was smuggled in from Italy.
So here we are…bacala + braised escrole + castelvetrano olives + cheese…a lot of cheese. The bacala was not particularly well represented, you kind of had to search for it. The escrole had good flavor but was a bit waterlogged. Somehow the olives morphed (undisclosed) from castelvetrano to kalamata, but the cheese was abundant.
Branzino. Good, but nothing stood out. The plating was…ummm…brown?
Raviolis stuffed with short ribs, cheese sauce with a preserved egg yolk garnish. Raviolis turned out to be tortelini, the short rib filling was dry, the cheese sauce overpowering. It wasn’t a terribly dish, but not exactly appropriate to the middle of the summer.
From the appetizer list, this was probably the best dish of the night…shrimp carpaccio with citrus and tropea red onion sorbetto. Everything worked well together and the flavors were complementary. The Tropea onion sorbetto was spectacular
Dessert!! It was very good as well. A riff on popcorn.
The room is nice and well appointed. They clearly spent some $$$ rehabbing the space. WAY more staff than they needed, they were gracious but not especially attentive.
3 cocktails, 1 pizza, 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert and tip clocked in at just under $100 per person. Value for the price isn’t there. The physcial restaurant space is beautiful, the food is good but does not transcend to very good or beyond. But, I would like to give it a couple more tries before giving up.