I was wondering if anyone has input on Sagra, which opened in the space previously housing Mars?
I ate there a few weeks back and was pretty unimpressed, The highlight was the beet salad, which was a special and quite good. I ordered the Cappellini alla Marinara. How hard can it be to make pasta with tomatoes, basil, and parmesan? The pasta was incredibly overcooked and whatever the glob of tomato stuff was on top of it was not good. I didn't eat it and don't think I'll be making a return visit. Husband had a pizza and said it was "fine".
We just tried it today for a company b-day lunch. Mixed reviews. I had the eggplant parmesan which was highly recommended by the waiter but disappointing. It was three rather thin slices of breaded eggplant with cheese "toasted" on top and served on a "bed" of cold chunky tomato sauce. They need to warm the plates and the sauce. Nothing else served with it - no pasta, which seemed to surprise everyone - and it was $13. The flavor actually wasn't bad but the cold sauce and small serving size left even me, a smallish person, feeling unsatisfied. The Arugula salad was overpowered by salt in both the gorgonzola and pancetta - so much so that it took away from the flavor completely. A companion had the Penne Arrabiata and it was better but still more salty than flavorful - except for the very strong garlic (and I like garlic). A co-worker had the Pannini of the Day (meatball) which she said was very good. Another co-worker had the Lasagnetta which he said was good. Coffee and desserts also mixed. Cappucino was forgetable, the french press coffee good and desserts rated well - one chocolate cake with blood orange sauce and one cookie plate with mixed cookies.
Their menu says they strive to use local/organic produce when possible which is a great plus to me.
I'll give it a second chance as many items on the menu did sound interesting.
I went with a group of four last night abd could not be more disappointed. The service started out nice but when a large table came in it became terrible. Our waitress promised desserts would be comped but they never made it. The whole experience took 2hours which would not have been bad had the food been anywhere close to good. We had three different entrees and two appetizers and not one was anywhere close to good.
To say we were disappointed was an understatement. I hope this helps someone refrain from a very unpleasant situation.
in a word: no.
i've only been twice, but with the sudden explosion of trattoria style places in town, i can't see a reason to return. the carbonara i had the first time around was quite simply the worst excuse for restaurant fare ever.
i love that building and they've done a good job with the space since Mars was so established. i also like the fact that they went to the trouble of installing a wood-fired pizza oven, but meh.
Mandola's (such that it is) is what Sagra might aspire to be, but based on my first two experiences i don't think they'll even make it to that level.
skip Sagra and try Primizie on E. 11th. simply awesome.
I am suprised to see these reviews. We had dinner at Sagra last Wed nite and thought it was wonderful. Nice bottle of prosecco, bruschetta with salmon and marscapone, carbonara was excellent! Been looking forward to going back. And to say Sagra would aspire to be Mandola's (which was awful imo) made me laugh out loud.
Mandola's is awful and that was the point. i actually found it better than Sagra. no big deal, but considering the sudden wealth of trattorias around town, i just don't see the point in Sagra.
i actually went for another visit recently. i did two things just to try it out. first i ordered the carbonara again. and, again, it was the worst i've ever had. then i tried the pizza. the crust was just not good. it was wood-fired, but that's about the only positive thing i could say about it.
simply having good ideas on a menu doesn't cut it. you've got to execute and it was about what i would expect to have a novice foodie's house. just not worth a restaurant. i hope it improves. i'm not out to slam a worthy spot.
We went the second week after it opened. The place was less than half full and they tried to seat us in the covered patio. We asked to be seated inside instead. After they sat us inside we waited for 10 minutes; nobody ever came to take our drink or appetizer order. We got up and walked out. There are to many new italian restaurants to go back to bad service in Sagra.
Well, I gave it a try because I was curious. And I have to agree with those who have weighed in on the negative side. It's a cute place, but the food was truly bad. I had the mussels (zuppa di cozze), which were nauseating, and the pizza tartufo, highly recommended by the waitress. It's a kind of stuffed pizza/calzone type thing, and it really tasted bad. I can be kind of picky about Italian food but even with bad Italian food it usually tastes okay. (i.e., my objections are usually that it was inauthentic, too greasy, too many ingredients, etc. etc.) This just tasted bad. No, no, no.
This is kind of an old thread, but we had such a truly awful meal at Sagra last night, I wanted to post somewhere. The service was good, the people were nice. There were seven of us and we were a little cramped up, but it's a cute place.
And then the food came. If it hadn't been xmas eve and we hadn't wanted to make our hostess happy, I think everybody would have sent back their dinners. If this sounds familiar, then you've read my post on citysearch: macceroni al forno that was elbows swimming in tepid cream covered with dry bread crumbs; butternut-squash lasagna that tasted like bad pumpkin pie (might have been ok as a small carby side dish); calamari that was like fish gum; linguini with clam sauce that was actually nauseating. I had the seven-seas special that was ok until we dug into the salmon at the center. It was so overdone it was chewy. The desserts were fine. The wine was nice. I wouldn't go back.