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May 20, 2007 05:24 PM

Annamaria Pastaria on Montrose.

What a disappointment. We ate here in the past and, unless we were hallucinating, had great meals and 'had been looking forward to going back which we did today, unfortunately.
What happened here? DId they get new owners? Did the old chef move on?
Wow - what do you do with a place that disappoints so much? Everything was so ordinary. Dry old bread with little cold butter still on the paper, bIg old slab of boring fish, bitter appetizer, boring pasta, lousy drinks. Its got it ALL and for $72.00 (before tip) I would rather have gone to well, anywhere - yuck. How do you recover from a terrible meal?

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  1. A year or more ago I went to place in River North called SWK. Loved it. Went back a month or so later, had more or less the same meal, and was completely disappointed. Maybe it just goes to show that consistency is harder to attain than you'd think. And with so many choices in the city, it's critical. If there weren't dozens of good restaurants in the city, I probably would have gone back, just to give them a fair-shake. They're now out of business (it's now Xel-Ha).