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Jun 6, 2007 09:45 PM

Perbacco?? Yes or No?

I've been hearing mixed reviews... What do you think?

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  1. I was there with my family in March and we all loved it -- even my hard-to-please father.

    1. I've never been, but I have had 2 people tell me in the past couple of weeks that they went and found it very ordinary and they won't return. This was two different visits, the people don't know each other. It gave me pause, I must say.

      1. I visited Perbacco twice, the visits were maybe 4 or so months apart. The first time (lunch) I really loved it, but the lunch was a "celebration" of sorts, so I wonder if that might have colored my judgment. In any case, I think the food was much better prepared at the lunch than at dinner I had there 4 months later, and we probably also stumbled upon better dishes at the lunch as well.

        The 5 hour pork sugo was very nice, as was the salumi misti. Caramel gelato with black sea salt also quite good. The beet salad was done well on my first visit, but was not good the 2nd time around (it only looked half finished, since there was less stuff on the plate, and the vinaigrette seemed to go missing). The braised pork shoulder was flavorful and had some great fork-tender parts, while other parts were not nearly as tender as they should've been. The uni crudo we had at dinner was fine, but not remarkable. So I guess, a bit of a mixed bag. It's definitely a solid restaurant, but not exceptional, in my opinion.

        Service was very nice and professional on both visits. No wine was ordered on either visit, so I can't comment on that aspect.

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        1. re: shortexact

          Well, there you have it---mixed reviews! Thanks. How's the noise level?? Ambiance, etc.??

          1. re: golompki

            I found it quite noisy. Ambience was fine, not especially cozy or romantic or anything, but not bad at all, especially considering that it was rather noisy.

            Given these other reports suggesting awkward service, it sounds like I may have just been a bit lucky to have gotten very good service both times.

        2. I went last Tuesday with a friend. We sat at a table at about 4pm. I made eye contact with several bartenders as soon as possible. Despite this, we sat there for 20 minutes without anyone taking our drink order. We left and walked to Coco500, where we encountered great service as soon as we sat down.

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          1. re: grishnackh

            i've been twice. first time, food and service were a grand slam. second time was a big let down. we were left waiting a long time for a table, and while the service was excellent, they committed a major sin - seriously overcooked my fish. my dining companion found problems with her food as well. both times, noise was a problem. i'm in search of alternatives before i'll plunk down my bucks there again.

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