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Dec 20, 2006 07:20 PM

cascina anyone ?

has anyone been to this restaurant and if so is it any good ?

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  1. Delish! Went last month with MIL and SILS before a show. The menu is vast, the serivce was excellent and they recommended some very nice and reasonable wines for us. I would definitely go back...esp for the risotto!

    1. Great lunch. Enormo spherical man who runs the place is a hilarious delight. They have these baked casserole things for lunch that I remember being excellent (last went about a year ago.)

      1. Probably not something I'd travel from another neighborhood for, but a solid theater district choice (especially given the poor quality of so many restaurants in the area.)

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        1. re: scrittrice

          have you or others been to marseilles and if so how does it compare to cascina ? i am looking for an xmas dinner place with fun and more and have also been recommended cibo

          1. re: stevenjf

            I think the food's more upscale at Marseille, and feels a little classier. The room is brighter, huge windows into the street, big shiny banquettes, more polish overall. Cascina's a little dark and cluttered in the interior. Might be less expensive, though. I'm not sure, it's been about a year since I've been to either. But I used to work around there and Marseille was my classy go-to (also a good lunch) and cascina was a sloppy, comfy go-to. Honestly for Christmas, I'd do Cascina. It might not be the best meal of your life, but it'll be festive. Marseille's a little dainty.

            1. re: jlangbein

              I agree completely--Marseille is maybe prettier and more festive, Cascina more homey and probably less expensive. Depends what you're looking for.

              1. re: scrittrice

                I would definitely not describe Marseille as "dainty." Quite the opposite, actually. Very attractive, bold, brasserie-style decor. And always a convivial vibe.

                As for Cascina, it's been a while since we were there, but if I recall correctly, there is a fireplace, and the overall feel of the place is quite rustic. (Checking their website, I see from the photos there that my memory is correct.


                And, of course, the cuisines are entirely different: French/Mediterranean vs. Italian.

                Cibo's New American/Tuscan cuisine is also very good, and the large space (2 dining areas and a separate bar room) has very pretty decor. Another place we haven't been to in a long time, but when we've eaten there, I've found the atmosphere to be on the low-key side.