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Mar 20, 2007 08:09 AM

CIA in Spring

Planning a dinner at the CIA's American Harvest restaurant for sometime in spring (figure the onslaught of new produce should spark the menu)--anyone have any past dinners at the CIA? Curious what it's like.

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  1. I had a Valentine's day dinner there last year and the food was great. I had dinner at the RISTORANTE CATERINA DE' MEDICI. I'd love to go back -- my boyfriend and I still talk about the dish. I hope this helps.

    1. I actually had dinner at American Bounty a few days ago. I thought it was quite nice. Service was very slow, though, and you have to be patient as the servers are students, some of whom are still learning the process. The wine they recommended turned out to be not very interesting and when we mentioned that, they readily substituted another.

      Make sure to stroll around a bit and look at what's going on in the pastry classrooms and so on. And if it's open (it's not on all evenings), the bookstore is fun.

      And if the weather is good, walk through the back of Roth Hall down to the library and go downstairs to see the famous chef's hands (such as Julia Child's) in plaster and visit the Danny Kaye lecture hall.

      There is a great cake display in the window of their cafe.

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      1. re: adorno

        We just dined at Caterina de Medici. Yes, you have to be patient with the students- their knowledge is a bit limited but the Maitre d' Instructors are very knowledgeable about both the food and wine and the students (and you) shouldn't hesitate to ask their advice. Enjoy!