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PLEASE HELP - L'Impero vs. A Voce

rjm Dec 24, 2007 04:23 PM

I reserved both for a birthday dinner (two people), wed. night, but can't decide. Ideally looking for exceptional cuisine with a refined ambiance (nothing too stuffy).

Which one would you prefer?


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    RGR RE: rjm Dec 24, 2007 11:28 PM

    We have not been back to A Voce since our one dinner there shortly after it opened because when the room filled up, the noise level was so insanely high, it was impossible to carry on a civilized conversation. Definitely not my idea of refined ambiance. Unfortunate, because the food we had was excellent.

    L'Impero is a wonderful restaurant. We've had two dinners there since Chef Michael White took over, most recently three weeks ago, and both have been superb. The only quibble I had was that the dessert we shared in August was disappointing. However, with the hiring of a new pastry chef, that issue has been nicely addressed. The wine list is excellent. Service is friendly and efficient. The ambiance is just what you are looking for: refined but not stuffy. The space has understated elegant decor and a noise level that, while not funereal, never impedes conversation. Overall, a perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

    Enjoy and Buon Apetito!

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      foody1964 RE: RGR Dec 25, 2007 09:12 AM

      Totally agree that L'imperio is the better choice. We always find them to be "smart" for lack of a better word. For instance, if they are not fully booked, they offer the larger more comfortable table to a party of 2. Love the staff and the food is amazing.
      enjoy enjoy!!

      1. re: foody1964
        rjm RE: foody1964 Dec 25, 2007 02:48 PM

        Thanks for all the input. Going to go with L'Impero.

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