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new restaurant, sfolgia, on east 92nd street and lex

nymegan Aug 29, 2006 11:51 PM

this restaurant has received rave reviews in the Times, New York Magazine and others, but we went last night and it sucks!

tiny & gorgeous and filled with charm of a true Tuscan variety. Italianate menu.

horrid wine list.
NO chianti classico
NO Barbera

rot gut red wine served in HOT glasses

bread right out of the oven that was not entirely baked, to prove it the crust it was Wonder bread WHITE.

chicken plopped on the plate without a piece of parsley..no veg, no potato. nothing.

chicken was tasty, but chicken does not a meal make alone.

papardelle so over cooked with the bolognese sauce was basically mush, kind of like dog food

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    melodyt1313 RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 12:27 AM

    Wow, that's disappointing. I had this place on my list of must's.. Could it have just been that Monday night they don't have the A-crew on and are just blasting out the food leftover from the weekend???

    Did you try any desserts??

    1. MMRuth RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 02:26 PM

      Wow - I'm really surprised - I've had a couple of great meals there (before they got their liquor license) but haven't been back for a while. When we went, the bread was out of this world - just incredible. Sorry to hear that you had such a bad experience.

      1. Toot RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 02:30 PM

        I am sorry for your bad experience. I had a wonderful dinner at Sfoglia a couple of months ago. The bread was delicious and I had the parpadelle bolognese; it was great. I was with a couple of friends and all 4 of us had a very good meal. The only problem was with the host who was quite unfriendly.

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          Sean Dell RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 02:55 PM

          I'll second Toot's view of the host. Snootiest I've seen in a while, and the UES ain't Soho! I had such and unfriendly welcome a month or so ago that I politely backed out and went elsewhere.

          - Sean

          1. erica RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 02:58 PM

            I've not been so can't comment on the place, but why does every Italian place have to have Chianti classico or Barbera on their list? The menu does not seem Tuscan at all and most of their wines are not, according to the list on their site..

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              MMRuth RE: erica Aug 30, 2006 03:08 PM

              They also say on their website:

              "Our all-Italian list of vini, aperitivi, e digestivi offers an unusual selection."

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              nymegan RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 04:38 PM

              I agree that it was a very surprising experience. And we couldn't fault the service OR the roast chicken which was done to perfection.

              as per the wine, they didn't even have any super tuscans available either so I don't know.

              And it was a monday night and it was late, so who knows? but the bread had not been throroughly baked and the papardelle were overcooked,

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                erica RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 06:30 PM

                I hate to tell you this, but not having supertuscans on the list is not a negative. Very few Italians drink these wines..they are mostly made for export.. and I would have to commend the place, rather than fault it for not having these mainly overpriced wines on their list.

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                obob96 RE: nymegan Aug 30, 2006 05:54 PM

                We went just before opening (and liquor license, so I can't speak to the wine list) and were barely selectively pleased--there's a kind of upper-middle class suburban Tuscan resort make-believe about it all, even though the chicken al mattone was excellent, and served al'italiana, naked on a plate. Pasta was odd, overcooked in a very simple tomato sauce unsuccessfully flavored with rosemary, as if to be different for different's sake. Bread was warm and oily and soft and completely unitalian. Service was bumbling. Living not far away, I'd go back for a bite at the bar, even for that chicken, but to sit for a longer, underwhelming meal at impossibly uncomfortable tables is not worth it. Too bad.

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