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Has anyone been to Grezzo yet??

Thanks Bob. So on the overall price thing... yeah the wine definitely contributed since it's $12/glass. I believe we had 8 or 9 glasses total for the table (2 each plus an extra for one guy) so that's $100 right there. Perhaps they could consider a more affordable wine until they can serve bottles, since $12 is towards the upper end of the spectrum for by-the-glass wine? There are many reasonably priced organic and biodynamic wines available. But the food still seemed steep for what it was, especially since not everybody had an app, and nobody had dessert. And yes, the tomato ravioli was indeed truffle oiled only, as confirmed by the waitress.

May 20, 2008
AJBoston in Greater Boston Area

Has anyone been to Grezzo yet??

Hi all, first-time poster, long-time reader, but my experience at Grezzo last week has motivated me to comment. I am a very adventurous omnivore, and I approached Grezzo with eager anticipation and an open mind, but our experience was so bad on so many fronts that I feel I have to share. First and most importantly, the food: I found the flavor profiles and textures peculiar or unpleasant almost across the board, from the overwhelming application of wasabi that masked all other flavor in the seaweed salad, to the bogglingly dense and bland "sliders" preparation paired with cloyingly sweet dehydrated potatoes, to the under-ripe and woody-centered tomatoes forming the shell of the tomato ravioli entree. I also sampled the gnocchi, which while pleasantly flavorful, disintegrated into a nutty paste on the tongue, and the vegetable lasagna, which was a sloppy pile of chewy, dehydrated vegetables swimming in a watery tomato sauce. The two pleasant surprises of the night were the corn soup, which was creamy, sweet, and subtle, and the cultured nut cheese that comprised the filling of the tomato ravioli, a worthy dairy cheese substitute. On to the service, which was amateurish at best: Water didn't show up on our table for 15 minutes, and our wine order took another 15. That's right... it took 1/2hr for wine to make it to our table; and they only have two wine options so I know it wasn't because they were digging for a bottle in the cellar. A different waitress seemed to appear at almost every interaction, and there was a clear lack of communication between them; two of our apps didn't make it to the table (but still made it to the bill), and the pacing of courses was completely out of sync, with some of our apps being brought out as others' entrees were delivered. The end-to-end experience took 3:15, which is especially surprising given that the food isn't, you know, cooked. Now onto the space, which is comically over-furnished to the point that when the four of us were seated, we were pressed tight into the table and still touching the chairs of the diners behind us, and which required the waitresses to lean over the poor girl at the next table to talk with and serve us. But most outrageous was the sheer cost of this experience: $310 for four diners, including wine. Yup, $370 all-in! Let's be honest about the value equation here: No matter how lovingly prepared, and how hand-picked and high-quality the vegetables are claimed to be, when you get down to brass tacks, you're looking primarily at creatively prepared salads (e.g. the $22 tomato ravioli entree, which is simply eight mandolined slices of tomato with a dollop of nut cheese between each pair, a little watercress, and a drizzle of truffle oil). I'm sorry, but given the numerous strikes against the overall experience, I have to very strongly recommend you stay away from Grezzo.

May 20, 2008
AJBoston in Greater Boston Area