We ate dinner at Franceschetta 58 after having lunch at Osteria Francescana (ridiculous, I know) so we had a direct comparison with Massimo's three star establishment for better or for worse...
The food was great! It was just as good flavour-wise as OF, but simpler and less fussy. Great flavours, great combinations, all executed very well. Really fab, relatively simple dishes that are totally affordable. If you can't get a reservation at OF, 58 in our opinion was just as good.
Except for the service... We had to ASK TO BE SERVED on more than one occasion. We were left alone after being seated for 15 minutes.My boyfriend actually had to go up to the bar to ask if we could possibly order some drinks. Then, whenever we did ask for something else (more wine, some olive oil, the menu, dessert) it either took way too long to come or didn't come at all.
And how much does a friendly disposition cost? I have worked in the service industry since I was old enough to serve, and I know it makes your job so much easier if you're nice to the people you're serving and HEY! You might even get a tip!
Oh well. Expect lovely food but have a sense of humour about the staff and you'll have a great time.
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