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Co. - new pizzeria place by Lahey open?

We went on Saturday night and tried three pies - the Margherita, the Popeye and the Flambe. I loved the char and the texture of the crust around the perimeter, but the crust in the center of all three was limp. I found the tomato sauce to be a bit acidic and bland. The spinach on the Popeye was very tasty, but I felt it was a bit over-loaded. We will certainly go back in a few weeks once they have been up and running for a bit.

One side note about seating. We certainly went expecting a lengthy wait, but we were a party of three, which I believe increased the wait due to the large number of communal seats. We watched as a number of four tops were seated ahead of us -- it appeared as if they didn't want to seat three in an area where four seats were available. After 1 3/4 hours, they agreed to let us pull a 3rd chair up to a two-top (which was perfectly fine).

Jan 05, 2009
J Greg in Manhattan

Sonia Rose

Is the Sonia Rose opening on Orchard Street this week from the same owners of the Sonia Rose formerly in Murray Hill?

Sep 30, 2008
J Greg in Manhattan

Wine Doggy Bag Law

Thank you both for the prompt and informative replies.

Jul 30, 2008
J Greg in Not About Food

Piramide - Service that hasn't improved with time

We ate here not long after they opened. The food was excellent, and we were forgiving of poor service since they were only a few weeks in operation. We returned recently and the quality of the service has actually diminished. With only a handful of occupied tables, even the basics were lacking (empty water glasses unfilled, longs gaps of time waiting to order and getting the check). Especially puzzling with so few diners was the slow service. Drinks were extremely slow to arrive, and there was inconsistency with the quality of the margaritas – no two tasted the same (in fact, he two women at the next table said they both had to send their drinks back). The guacamole cart was also slow to arrive, not appearing until after the aps had been dropped. Once prepared, it was it was inedible due to saltiness (the waiter did say, "It's my first time.") By the time it was remade (tasty the 2nd time around) our entrees were on the table. Also frustrating was kitchen's apparent lack of familiarity with the menu. My wife ordered Ensalada de Pera, which the menu stated had cherry tomatoes and was served in a crisp tortilla bowl. In reality, it was served on a flat dinner plate with mealy beefsteak tomatoes (at least we think they were beefsteak). I ordered the Molcajete Norteno which the menu stated was served with sirloin & shrimp. In actuality it contained sirloin & chicken, with no mention of a substitution as it was dropped. When I questioned the change, it took several trips to the kitchen to ascertain that there was a special that night, and the waitress had ordered the wrong dish. I kept it, but when the check came, the "special" version with chicken was $4. more than the shrimp dish. When I questioned it, the waitress said, "Yes, I thought that would be a problem, but I can't discount it." When I asked why chicken would cost more than the shrimp, she said, "I guess you get more." We truly want to love this place, as it's in the neighborhood, but the service puts too much of a damper on the experience.

Jul 30, 2008
J Greg in Outer Boroughs

Wine Doggy Bag Law

We had dinner at Locanda Vini e Oli the other night, and had half of our bottle of wine remaining at the end of our meal. When we asked if we could take it with us, we were told we could not. When I mentioned the New York State law, they said that the restaurant is still responsible for anything that might happen after the diner has left the restaurant, and that their lawyers have told them not to comply. Is it true that restaurants have this liability, and can each individual restaurant decide if they want to observe the law?

Jul 30, 2008
J Greg in Not About Food