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Feb 19, 2008 08:05 AM

Adagio Trattoria - Brattleboro, VT

Has anyone been to this place? If so, how was it, and would you recommend it? I hadn't heard of it until I saw it listed as a link on another Brattleboro site, and I don't recall passing it on my trips through town.

Inquiring minds want to know........

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  1. Since we have a house in Newfane, which is just north of Brattleboro, we eat in that town quite often. Having said that, I have yet to try Adagio. It's located in the space that was once occupied by Mesquite Grill. My wife, sister-in-law and brother-in-law have all eaten there and liked it. It is definitely on my "to try" list. I say go for it.

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    1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

      Thanks. The menu posted on their site looked good. I'll give it a shot.

    2. Ate there last August, both the food and service were inept to say the least. Ordered a Viognier, waitress tried to substitute another bottle without telling us, when we caught it she explained they were out of the wine we'd ordered and bartender told her to substitute it with a Pinot Grigio. I ordered a different wine and she proceeded to pour a bottle for five so that it ran out at the fourth glass. Lasagna was dry and heavy, no sauce, plenty of meat and cheese. Veal dishes had raw flour taste.

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      1. re: jakeyd

        Ouch! I hate when they try to pull the old wine switcheroo. What, do they think you won't remember what you ordered? Very insulting.

        1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

          In her defense, I'd say it was more inexperience/ineptitude than arrogance. It seemed like the place was being run by teenagers while the grownups were away.

          1. re: jakeyd

            Well, I still intend to try Adagio when I get the chance. There aren't that many restaurants in the area so I try to hit as many as possible. I still haven't been to either Capers or Shin-La either. I will have to rectify that situation asap. Same with Fireworks, the new one I noticed a couple of weeks ago located on the opposite side of the street from Adagio.

            1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

              Ate at Capers last July, thought it was good not great. Two lunches at Shin-La last spring were really good and just OK, respectively.

              1. re: jakeyd

                The only thing I really eat there now is the Kimchi Jigae. They used to have good sushi a few years ago, but they've gone through so many sushi chefs since Jan 05 (when I moved here) and I just haven't been compelled to keep testing out each new one.

                Edited to add that I'm referring to Shin-La.

              2. re: Jimmy Cantiello

                Guess I'll be trying Adagio, also. I originally posted because I was interested in a package offered by the Latchis Hotel that included a certificate towards dinner at Adagio and movie tickets for the Latchis Theater. Since the two night package was actually cheaper than a two night stay without the dinner and movie tickets, it was a no-brainer to go with the package. We'll see how it all turns out........

                1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

                  I've had very good experiences when I have gone to Capers, so perhaps I'm lucky.

                  I haven't been to Adagio in ages. It was fine when I went. Haven't tried Fireworks yet. I really do like Shin-La, even though I know some of their food is the Korean from a bag. But I love the Bi Bim Bab, and sometimes get veggie sushi. And what can I say, hot sake is just a must-have sometimes in a cold winter. ;-)

                  I just recently heard that the problems Anon Thai had for quite a while, to the extent that I stopped going there years ago, have been fixed. I have not yet been able to get there, but I promise to report when I do.

                  Jimmy, have you tried either of the wine bars? For something more casual I have had some very nice nosh at both. And they are not going to try the old swithcheroo on your bottle or glass!

                  1. re: BratleFoodie

                    I'm fond of both wine bars, although I tend to stick to cocktails at Metropolis, since their wine list is inexplicably limited. Windham Wine Bar has a really fine selection, and their wines are impeccably cared for. And the adjacent wine shop is my new favorite place to buy wine – a lot of good stuff you won't find anywhere else in the area.

                    The atmosphere at both places is swell.

                    1. re: BratleFoodie

                      Have yet to try the wine bars. One of these days I'll have to rectify that. The Windham is very nice looking. I hope they're able to make a go of it. It's a nice addition to downtown Brattleboro.


                      1. re: Jimmy Cantiello

                        GG Mora, good point about Metropolis being cocktail city! Sometimes their wine specials are interesting. One thing is, if you don't know that they have a small bathroom on the main floor, you get to teeter downstairs, which for some is harder than others depending on the time of night and the strength of the cocktails...

                        Windham Wines is very much a great asset to town. I plan to use them to replenish my wine cellar, especially now that Table and Vine is off in Springfield! Another fun thing about Windham, where I was two hours ago, is that they have an active series of tastings and demos, bringing in folks I've not seen around here before. Last Saturday they had a wonderful Sake tasting, for example.

                        And the owners are just fabulous folks, truly nice, who care about their clientelle. Without parking, I worry about viability, but I really hope they fully catch on! Go Windham!

            2. We drive by all the time, and have been meaning to grab an outside table, and finally did Memorial Day weekend. We thought the service was excellent, wonderful menu (had a hard time making a choice). We started off with a very generous portion of field greens and crusty, warm bread. My husband had the lasagna which was absolutely wonderful, and he is very, very picky. I had a great pasta primavera, and asked for some shrimp to be added, which just made it that much better. Both of us had to wrap up our portions, to enjoy for lunch the next day. The interior of the restaurant was lovely, and there was a singer/guitarist serenading the inside crowd. I'd say, it's a winner!

              1. Finally made it to Adagio (as well as Fireworks, reviewed on the Fireworks thread) this past weekend. Enjoyed the food although the wait between the apps and entrees was painfully slow. Don't know what the problem was. Before we ordered we enjoyed two killer cocktails. I had my usual Bombay martini - up, no fruit. My wife went with an appletini. I started with a cheese ravioli which had a slightly "crunchy" exterior which I viewed as a good thing. Very flavorful. There were four small ravioli so the dish left me wanting more. Can't remember what my wife ordered for a starter.

                I had the rack of lamb for a main course, two thumbs up. My wife chose a tenderloin risotto which she raved about. It was such a huge portion she took half of it home. We were served some very good hot bread of the French baguette variety along with a dish of various olives bathed in evoo for dipping the bread. After the meal I had an espresso which was served with a mini biscotti. Nice touch.

                The only complaint I have about the joint is the way the place is set up. It seems like it's one big bar. No matter where you sit you feel like you're eating in the bar. Not that that's a bad thing but it really is not conducive to having any kind of intimate or romantic dining experience. And of course there were the ubiquitous big screen tvs which could be seen from any table in the house whether you wanted to see them or not. I'm not a big fan of watching tv while dining out. The tvs were very distracting. Oh, that reminds me. As we walked in the "hostess" had to walk over to us because she was entranced with the baseball game on the tv. While she was checking for our reservation she spun around and ran back to the tv to watch a particular play. When she returned she apologized. Uh, lady, are you working the front of the room or are you watching the game? I was in a good mood so I let that little faux pas slide.

                Anyway, we had a very nice meal and with a little tweaking Adagio could develop into a first rate restaurant.