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Apr 26, 2008 09:02 PM

Il Cantinori

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. re: MMRuth

      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?

      1. re: Caillerets

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

        1. re: MMRuth

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

          1. re: rrems

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

            1. re: MMRuth

              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.

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

      1. 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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        1. re: vvvindaloo

          the slide happened a long long long time ago