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Jun 27, 2008 10:14 AM

Alloro - New Italian on UES

Has anyone been to this new Italian restaurant on 77th and 2nd avenue?

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  1. I have been there and I don't plan on returning.

    The food is ok, but the prices are higher then they should be in my opinion for the quality of the food.

    They also tell you that they planned the menu in a manner that they suggest each person order an appetizer and a main and share a pasta. In my opinion this is a bit absurd, because if it is planned like that shouldn't it just be a course menu? That was off putting.

    Also, the chef comes out every 3 minutes to observe the dining room. If you are like me it's a bit uncomfortable.

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    1. re: trendyresistance

      Actually, the food is really fantastic and the prices are quite affordable. The fresh chitarra pasta with langoustine is only $17, for example, and it's the perfect amount for an entree, so you don't HAVE to order a main course if you don't want to, but you should try the lamb in the fresh mint reduction - it is divine.

      All the ingredients are seasonal and as fresh as can be. And unlike most Italian places, the sauces are light - just right for summer.

      The chef does like to walk around the dining room - I'm sorry this made you uncomfortable. As a diner, though, having the chef explain and recommend the food is a terrific resource. Plus, he sincerely wants you to enjoy your dinner, and he wants to make sure everything is just right. Which it is.

      1. re: baby potato

        In Italy, it's pretty common for people to share an antipasta as well as a pasta -- and come to think of it, a secondo, too! -- but i can understand why a restaranteur encourages people to at least share a pasta, because it's easier to pull together a great pasta dish for two than it is to do it for just one person.

        Is Alloro named after someplace in Italy? Sicily? I hope the name isn't a guess at 'allora.'

    2. I just looked at picture of it on the web. I don't think i could eat in the green decor. Honestly.

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      1. re: summerUWS2008

        Although the photographs on the web look horrible, so much so that the decorator should be urged to switch careers, it's much less green in person. Well, the floor is green and there are green fixtures on the wall, and I was tempted to wear a green shirt just to fit in - but really, it's not so bad in person.

        I liked the food. The swordfish in lavender was good. The fact that one can bring wine and pay a low corkage fee is also very appealing.

        1. re: Vinous

          I think Allora means "bay leaf" in Italian. So no surprise the decor is all green. Think I'll give this place a try...

          1. re: liztish

            And so it does -- although putting an "L" in front of it would probably be the rendition in italy, even though my guess is that the word arrived in Italy via Arabs in Sicily -- al' lora.

      2. I think it's delicious.

        The Vegetarian New Yorker:

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        1. re: shivohum

          The word "fresh" comes to mind when entering ALLORO. Personally, I avoid Italian restaurants because they all look the same, and if I'm going to spend big bucks for dinner I want it to be an EXPERIENCE. Well, Alloro provides just that, with its exciting green, black, and pearl color scheme, unparalleled anywhere else, rather like the food. It's also a refreshing contrast to all the concrete outside.

          The food is inventive. While I did find the salmon a little dry, the tartar with dijon sorbet offered a completely unique hybrid of flavors when taken together. Same with the basil sorbet and its partner. Seeing the owners in action--really working at providing said experience--rather than sitting in a back booth snarling at the waiters--is also part of the refreshing experience that is ALLORO.

          Simply because it's different, I won't soon forget this original little UES restaurant. You can go to an orange or red Italian restaurant anywhere, anytime. ALLORO is the emerald city of Italian restaurants.

          1. re: pinksmoke9

            I mainly live in Europe, and I've come to be surprised at how much restaurants invest in eye-catching decor in NYC, and perhaps elsewhere in the US. You see it somewhat in the capital cities in Europe (and of course London has gone mad for it), but it would be unusual for people to care a lot, so long as it isn't unappetizing. But I have thought it was about a lack of great public space in NYC, and perhaps private space as well, since so many NY'ers have apartments that they enjoy escaping from.

            I do care, however, about whether I'm in a dining space conducive to digestion, and find tables too close, noise levels, and banging and flaming and smoke coming out of the kitchen something to avoid, if one can.

            Having only seen Alloro's interior in a picture, hard to have a serious opinion.