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Apr 27, 2008 09:19 AM

Disappointing Dinner at Piadina

I had dinner at Piadina, a small restaurant for which I had high hopes, since it locates itself on W. 10th St. between 5th and 6th, across the street from Alta, a tapas place I love. The restaurants is effectively split into two portions, with the outer separate from the inner by a narrow corridor adjoining the kitchen. We sat in the inner portion. Here, the ambience is charming and a little rustic, with candles covered with semi-translucent paper wrappers exposed brick, black and white pictures, and lights strung on strings.

For an appetizer, we ordered Piadina, which they call flatbread, and comes in what looks a whole lot like a quesadilla. The flavors of the tomato and cheese inside wer egood, but not good enough to overcome the fact that the dish was served lukewarm in parts, and downright cold in others.

This was not a trend to stop there, either. Our pastas -- one, a rigatoni with eggplant and the other, a ricotta and arugula ravioli, were also solid in flavor, but served lukewarm. The pasta was a little excessively chewy as well.

So overall Piadina was a letdown, especially given that it has good recipes and a nice atmosphere, but due to disorganization or laziness, cannot serve the food fresh and hot.

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  1. sorry to hear this....I had hopes for this place

    1. I haven't been in 5 years or so. I always thought it was pretty average.

      1. i haven't been in a while but this is usually a great spot. sorry to hear you had a bad experience. i hope they were having an off night and not going down hill.

        1. It's kind of known in the neighb' as a place to avoid. I had a really bland pasta there one time and I got the message. I almost discouraged a couple who was looking at the bill of fare outside the other night, but decided to let them make their own decision. It's definitely a place you go to once and realize there are too many good meals available in the area to keep trying to see if you can hit this place on a good night.

          1. I had an outrageously bad service experience there about 18 months ago, from the manager, no less, and vowed never to return. It was so bad I have no recollection of my meal there. Though Malatesta is owned by the same people and the food there's pretty solid... as is the service.

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            1. re: egit

              Haven't been to Piadina although a friend raves about it. I used to go there often when it was 'Whole Wheat and Wild Berries.' I've been trying to find their (WWWB) salad dressing recipe for years. It was the best I've ever had.