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Cascina.... Anyone been lately???

I have booked Cascina after a recommendation on this board. Looking for cozy not too pricey but good food. Looked at their menu and site and looks like what we're looking for. The staff have been great accomodating a group of 15. My question is has anyone been lately and how was it?

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  1. Cascina is one of our favorite Italians in that area, and I often recommend it. My husband and I were there two weeks ago for lunch, and the food was delicious. There is an excellent wine list, and my husband raved about the glass he had. It's not a small place, so I wouldn't describe it as cozy, but the rustic ambiance is very pleasing. Right near us was a table with at least a dozen people, and it appeared to me that service for them was just as competent as it was for the two of us. So, rest easy. I think you've made a very good choice.

    1. i was there about six months ago, nothing standout about it, but the food and service were both very good and definitely thought it was cozy and affordable place, and i remember there being a large quasi-rambunctious group when we were there, which was a little peculiar in a cozy italian place, but the staff was very accommodating - unfortunately i don't remember what everyone in my party had, excpet that i had some kind of a pizza that i enjoyed

      1. I've also heard good things about it, never anything negative; I also plan on going there but only for dessert, does anyone know if the tiramisu is good?

        1. Yes, we were there about 2 months ago and had a really poor meal. Seriously so bad that we've struck it off our Hell's Kitchen list. I really, really want to like the place, but the wine list is too pricey for what it is, and as nice as the servers are, they can't make up for the food, which in our experience has never been better than mediocre.

          Some people love it though.

          Nosher

          NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

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          1. re: Nosher

            Nosher, Do you remember what you had that was bad?

            1. re: RGR

              Sure, RGR. We've been several times, but most recently, we split the watercress and pear salad and then had an order of the seafood risotto and an order of the veal scaloppini. The risotto was unpleasantly tangy and burned in places, and the veal was the texture of an old copy of the New York Times. Seriously bad meal. No two ways about it. And it's a shame, since the place inspires such loyalty. The people there are so friendly, I just wish the food were good.

              Nosher

              NYCnosh* http://nycnosh.com

              1. re: Nosher

                By coincidence, at our lunch last time, I had that pear salad though they substituted Belgian endive for the watercress. I was informed about it when I ordered, and it was fine with me because I love Belgian endive. It was a huge portion and was properly dressed with a pleasant vinaigrette though it could have used more of the pears. My husband started with tortellini en brodo, which he said was tasty. We had the homemade ravioli, something we'd had before. This time, they were filled with spinach and ricotta and served in a light butter sauce. They didn't disappoint.

                I've mentioned this before on this board, but when we go to an Italian restaurant for the first time, I often order veal scaloppini -- picatta is my favorite -- because it can be a good indicator of how skilled the kitchen is in preparing what, on the surface, appears to be a simple dish but which is really difficult to prepare *well*. If it turns out to be akin to what you describe, I tend to write the place off.

                Our first time at Cascina, I ordered pasta, specifically the homemade pumpkin ravioli in a sage, butter sauce, which turned out to be delicious. But if I had ordered the veal and it was as you described, I doubt I would have given Cascina a second try. So, I'm entirely sympathetic to your view.

          2. I had dinner there before a show. I don't think it's anything great personally. It's basic Italian food that is pretty mediocre.