Seated in the largest dining area at the back of the second floor for our first (and last) visit to Al Crostino, we managed to endure the assault of an outrageous din that halted conversation as the room filled, only to be rewarded by utterly bland food. Everything was served fresh and promptly and the presentations were good, but we clearly will not return.
The octopus with arugula salad was perhaps the most flavorful dish at our table. It was good, but not wonderful. Thereafter, everything was bland and uninspired: the touted beef meatballs, the rigatoni with pork sausage and "wild" mushrooms as well as the maltagliati with "wild" mushrooms and ricotta and the pan-fried chicken Parmigiano with San Marzano tomato sauce. I wish I could say that the offerings were at least subtle, but they didn't even reach that level. The salmon in parchment paper was good itself, but the surrounding vegetables added nothing. The chocolate biscuits were small but quite good, while the orange sorbet lacked intensity. Curiously, neither after-dinner drinks nor espresso were even suggested.
I have no reason to believe that somehow our visit came on an off night, which can happen to any restaurant. The food was probably as good as the restaurant can produce. I cannot believe how some 86% of the Tripadvisor reviewers rate Al Crostino as excellent or very good. Al Crostino would deserve no more than one star if I considered only the noise level. Disregarding the impossible noise, three stars is more than generous for the attentive staff and the general appearance of the place. Readers should not construe three stars as a recommendation.
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