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Planning a dinner (most likely) at Felidia. I've never been there, but the guest of honor is a fan of Lidia's show and of regional cuisine. so, it seems ideal. Does anyone have anything to advise re: the place, its service, menu, etc? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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  1. Oh, Felidia is wonderful, most especially for your guest of honor if it's a night when Lidia herself is actually there (not very often, from what I understand). The place itself is lovely, quite cozy. The service is, well, I hesitate to use the word "formal" ... it was very "proper" but the servers were extraordinarily nice and helpful (and not stuffy, which is why I didn't want to use "formal"). They do pastas tableside. The last time I was there our server recommended the olive oil tasting -- and then suggested what turned out to be a terrific assortment of them. Since Italians often do a pasta as a separate course to the main course, and since we weren't sure we could eat that much, our server helped us navigate through the menu. We really wanted to try quite a number of things and he was excellent in managing to accomodate that request. From my several times there, I'd say everything on the menu is well prepared and tasty. Have a great time.

    1. good food, good service. try the tasting menu if you're so inclined. the grilled octopus and the pastas are outstanding. ask for wine pairing if you're not familiar with italian wines.

      be sure to introduce yourself to lidia if she is in the house.

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      1. re: steve h.

        understanding that every restaurant experience is unique, have to say that alongside good food & wine (albeit overpriced), the service was not only "stuffy," but shabby. Friends of mine have a similar tale to tell. Instead go to Del Posto for perhaps overpriced everything, but superlative service and cuisine/wine.

        1. re: drumwine

          interesting. i've heard the service complaint before. never experienced it myself. staff treats me and mine just the way we like it. i recommend this place.

          1. re: steve h.

            Thanks for the replies. The dinner will be in one of the private rooms since there are a handful of us (it's big dinner); so, I am not worried about the service in this case.
            I am planning the menu (sort of), and I wonder if anyone has any particular recommendations. I have heard the wine list is amazing, as well as the various risottos and pasta. I am preparing for a critical Italian crowd. So, all help is wonderful. Thanks!!

            1. re: kpangaro

              I would talk to the manager -- or Lidia, herself, if she's available, she's really accessible -- and tell them who you are entertaining and what you need. I think you will be thrilled with the outcome. I also think Lidia would want to know about a big dinner like this, and likely would try to be in the house for it. She is warm and friendly, but she is also a very good businesswoman!

              1. re: kpangaro

                Do not skip the octopus appetizer. Possibly one of the top 5 things I've ever eaten.

                1. re: kpangaro

                  I would definitely have a risotto and you can ask them to recommend some appetizers that can be passed around the table. The fish dishes also are excellent. Lidia will almost certainly come to your table to greet everyone, and she will be happy to sign books if you provide them for your guests. Her new book on Italy is beautiful. Wish I could join you!

              2. re: drumwine

                We have only been to Felidia's once and we felt it was a bit overpriced. The food and service were very good. The only dish I remember is the pasta with shaved white truffles. The server also suggested a German smoked beer (schlenkerla rauchbier) which was a new discovery at the time that I still enjoy today. Every time I drink it I am reminded of Felidia's.