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Il Cantinori

Caillerets Apr 26, 2008 09:02 PM

Just like eating in Italy on the weak dollar - this place is criminally expensive. The waiters should put on ski masks and draw guns when presenting the bill. ($10 for Pellegrino)

The food earns a C- overall. Some dishes B+ others simply poor. Service is adequate - although they insist on the 6 foot peppermill thing -


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  1. MMRuth RE: Caillerets Apr 27, 2008 08:11 AM

    What were the B+ dishes?

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      Caillerets RE: MMRuth Apr 28, 2008 04:54 AM

      Well, they did ok with the grilled calamari and the veal. The mis-en-place with those plates was dreadful (looked like the got the tomatoes from the deli case at Stromboli) but the proteins were well handled.
      Pastas priced the same as Babbo. How could you possibly justify that?

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        MMRuth RE: Caillerets Apr 28, 2008 04:55 AM

        Don't know that you can! I was just curious, as I sometimes see posters recommend it as the best option in Little Italy.

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          rrems RE: MMRuth Apr 28, 2008 05:21 AM

          Il Cantinori is not in Little Italy. I think you are confusing it with Il Cortile.

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            MMRuth RE: rrems Apr 28, 2008 05:23 AM

            Ah - you are completely right - I was! Thank you.

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              Edansan RE: MMRuth Apr 28, 2008 01:40 PM

              Yes, was also confused whether you really meant Il Cortile. I would have to agree that it is no longer a go-to spot in Little Italy, especially for the prices. I still like going to D'Amico, though.

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      intrepid RE: Caillerets Apr 27, 2008 08:50 AM

      i totally agree, this place was over the hill 20 years ago

      1. vvvindaloo RE: Caillerets Apr 28, 2008 10:59 AM

        When I first moved into the Village in '94, I recall Il Cantinori being among the best Italian restaurants, along with Il Mulino and Ennio and Michael. This was around the time that Batali opened his first Italian restaurant, Po, and way before the "authentic" gourmet European Italian storm took over the NYC dining scene. I haven't been to any of these restaurants in about 10 years, and the only one I still hear a lot of positive buzz about is Po. I wouldn't have any idea what the food is like at Il Cantinori these days, but dining there was a great experience fit for special occasions when I lived across the street. I am kind of sorry to hear that they've slid downhill.

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          intrepid RE: vvvindaloo Apr 28, 2008 12:26 PM

          the slide happened a long long long time ago

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