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Sep 30, 2006 07:20 AM

How is the food at Poetessa?

I would love to hear any reviews....good or bad.

Any recs?

Thanks so much.

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  1. I haven't been there since...hmmm...was it over a year ago??? So take my opinion with a grain of salt, accordingly, but I liked it in my visits there. It can be a little dark, but not ridiculous. I was generally more impressed with their appetizers and pastas than their secondi, as I recall.

    1. Like Pan, I haven't been in about a year, but I also had a good time. Very friendly service, and I remember liking the monkfish I ordered.

      1. I've been to Poetessa twice - the food was decent, I think I had an okay bowl of pasta, but it doesn't have that togetherness that comes from a thoughtful person running a restaurant. I think there are much better options for italian in the village - Cacio e Pepe, Perbacco and Lavagna, to name a few.

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        1. re: Grits

          That's a good way to put it. The lasagna I ordered had some bechamel on top that had congealed slightly. It didn't ruin it or anything (although it didn't make it appealing either), but it just made me think that there was nobody in the kitchen checking stuff on its way out. I have the feeling Poetessa survives on the spillover from all the more crowded Italian restaurants nearby.

        2. I found Poetessa to be mediocre. I'd go next door to Frank instead (cheaper and better) or right up 2nd Ave. and around the corner on 7th St. to Via Della Pace. Other good bets: Cacio y Pepe, Lavagna, Max, Supper.

          1. I did think Poetessa was promising at first. Haven't been in at least a year after some disappointing experiences. They used to have a chicken liver and polenta appetizer that was amazing.