Best Hidden Deal In Old Town. I live in old town and I love this area but bar none this is my favorite place. Consistent staff that welcomes all and recognizes their regulars with an extra hello and it includes those of us that prefer to solo at the bar.....and about the bar the bar menu is the best deal in town...excellent food and service...where else can you have great food, a drink and walk out for somewhere around $15?
What a Disappointment.
Friend and I decided to have dinner at a place we have dined many times and recommended to many friends.
For whatever reason they failed to deliver our food after a 40 minute wait. We asked to speak with the manager, she was too busy to talk with us.
On our way out we asked again for the manager and she arrived pleasantly, however she fell very short defending their mistake. Just acknowledge it and apologize. The chest beating Chef/ Owner (as he claimed....good luck!) basically called us liars and pointed to some old review.
We left after an hour and 10 minutes hungry and dissappointed and promising never to patronize the establishment again.
Previously I could have told you otherwise. They made a mistake and couldn't acknowlege it.
Delicious Food, Good service, Great atmosphere reservations a MUST. While I am not Italian, and cannot vouch for how authentic the food is. I can certainly say that it is delicious. This place is a nieghborhood spot that surpasses the usual reputaion of neighborhood. The service can be a bit eratic when the place is packed (and it IS packed from 5pm on on FRI/SAT/Sun) the food and atmosphere make the small issues dissappear. The Gnocci are tasty and pillowy, the ravioli are made by hand and are wonderful and the Carbonara is to die for--Since it is laden with butter, heavy cream and eggs, it may well be the end of me, but aside from dying of good s*x, it's the way I would prefer to go out. I can also personally recommend the Chicken Diavolo--spicy and tangy with very tender chicken. The lamb is also wonderful and I see many folks picking them up to gnaw the bones clean. The homemade soups are a treat and the best NY strip I have ever had was served there with a reduction of Balsamic Vinegar--The salads are nothing outstanding--opt for the homemade soups instead--and the deserts are good, but not exceptional other than the canoli are quite good. The espresso is also quite good--my hubby is an espresso snob. I have often heard Sal's compared to Pasta Brioni, but I have dined there too and in my book the two do not compare. Brioni's waiters are cute...but all hype and less supstance. I don't think the service is as good at Brioni as well--nor the food. Make a reservation at Sal's..take a romantic date and listen to the Italian standards on their sound system...sip an outstanding martini and enjoy a night with the "family" in the neighborhood. Patrons range from jeans and baseball hats to dressy. White cloth tablecloths, napkins and candles and heavy silver on all the tables. China like grandma's antiques for coffee and espresso is a lovely elegant touch too. Priced only a bit higher than Olive Garden--and so very much better.
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