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 -
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.