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Feb 8, 2007 02:20 PM

How does Perbacco compare to Incanto?

I'm interested in how people compare the food (not the ambiance) at these places.

Also, other than the agnoletti dal Plin and fritto misto, are there other not-to-miss dishes at Perbacco?

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  1. I've wondered the exact same thing. They menu and philosphy appears very similar. Robert prefers Incanto (surprise!).

    1. I love the food at Perbacco, and nobody braises better, but Incanto's a step up in terms of quality of ingredients and execution--particularly as regards the pastas.

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      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        Really? You think Perbacco braises better than Incanto's braised/roasted pork shoulder? If so, it may be time to try Perbacco...

      2. Almost to close to call, I vote for Perbacco.

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        1. re: ngardet

          I wasn't asking which one is better per se, but what's different about them?

          1. re: Maya

            I think Incanto's dishes are generally more labor-intensive.

        2. i cannot stress enough how superior perbacco is to incanto.

          i had a very disappointing meal at incanto a few years ago and have no interest whatsoever in going back. however, a work lunch at perbacco was stunning and delicious.

          i'd prefer incanto's more intimate ambiance over perbacco's power-business-lunch-sleek-pretty schtick, but the food at the latter is just so damn good.

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          1. re: bittermelon125

            If you haven't been to Incanto in a few years, that might have been the old chef.

            If you haven't tried the the antipasto platter, handkerchief pasta with pork ragu, braised pork, and panna cotta, you should give it another shot.

          2. I found Perbacco very underwhelming. The pork shoulder was good and that's it. Same with the angolotti. The testa was FABULOUS, but it was the only thing that was fabulous. I have a friend who works in the kitchen there, and I do know that the dishes are incredibly labor intensive, but only that one (the testa) really knocked my socks off. Incanto, in my opinion, isn't all that great either. I think they do a few dishes really well (Ragu, yummmmm) but overall I think he is too ambitous for his abilities. So, I guess they are even. I know I'll get flamed for that, but that's my two cents.

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            1. re: Manimal

              Wow, that's certainly not been my experience. I've been there about a dozen times, and I can think of a few dishes that *didn't* knock my socks off, but the rest certainly did. The dozen people I've taken there seemed to love it too.

              It's also the only restaurant where I make a point of having dessert (I'm not much for sweets, but theirs are just too delicious).

              But to each his own! Not a flame, just an observation.

              BTW, I had lunch there yesterday and had a fantastic duck liver ravioli dish. Amazing.