Our last experience here wasn't as good as last year -- service was still attentive and the decor and cleanliness were both excellent.
The food, not so much, varying from too much sauce and spice with the fish dish and too little taste for the veal. The food trumps other advantages of the restaurant: close to the Met, a "hushed" atmosphere that makes conversation pleasant, a good Italian wine list, a propensity for Tuscan cuisine.
We both suggest trying the place for lunch, rather than dinner -- we agree with other reviewers on that point.
We will search further for a favorite Italian restaurant.
At the moment Per Lei at Second Avenue and 71st Street is a contender as is Nicola at 83rd and Third Avenue. More research is needed. :)
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