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La Terza- better than ever!

russkar Jul 3, 2008 06:02 AM

Went last night with some friends for a tasting menu which I ordered the day before.
The Chef Enrico is fantastic and only been there for a few months.
Service was friendly & perfect.
Amuse (Tonto (Tuna) marinated in Olive Oil ala Angelini)
Jumbo Diver Scallop
Seared Ahi over sliced Fennel
2 amazing Stuffed Pastas (Angolotti?)
Seared Blue Rare Filet that melted in your mouth.
4 different Desserts all good , winner was Panna Cotta
Cost approx $ 60- food only. Amazing deal for the quality and portion size.
Everything was much better than Mozza and less expensive too!

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    RicRios Jul 3, 2008 10:34 AM

    Agree entirely. Chef Enrico Croati rocks!

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      TailbackU Jul 3, 2008 11:09 AM

      hmmm....i might have to make another visit. Haven't been there since the new chef. Do you know where Chef Enrico was cooking prior to coming to La Terza?

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      1. re: TailbackU
        russkar Jul 3, 2008 06:42 PM

        He was a Chef at Angelini a couple of years ago, very gifted.

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        nosh Jul 3, 2008 11:12 AM

        I don't understand the "tasting menu which I ordered the day before." Is this a special tasting menu that you planned and coordinated with the chef? Is it their standard tasting menu which is available to anyone? Are you a "regular" where they were willing to make some substitutions and cut you a special break on the tab? It does sound like a fine meal and a great value, I just need some clarification...

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        1. re: nosh
          Nicole Jul 3, 2008 12:29 PM

          Great review, russkar! I have similar questions...do you need to make special arrangements to get such a tasting menu, or can you just walk in and order it?

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            russkar Jul 3, 2008 06:46 PM

            Just called a day ahead and said I wanted a tasting menu. Didn't discuss with the Chef. Not a regular but have been 3 times in the last 18 months, all have been good. No special break on the tab that I know of? It may have been a tasting menu available anyway but why take a chance when you can call and get the Chef to babysit the preparation.

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            jlrobe Jul 3, 2008 11:19 AM

            As always russkar, your posts on this board rock!

            I should check it out while the chef is still on top of his game.

            So many choices these days. Palate, Lot 1's tasting menu, etc. If I don't start eating more, I will never hit all the spots!

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            1. re: jlrobe
              russkar Jul 3, 2008 06:48 PM

              thx for the kind words. Palate & Lot #1 were good but we would pick Terza over them all things considered.

            2. a_and_w Jul 3, 2008 11:28 AM

              How long has this new chef been cooking at La Terza? I was *really* underwhelmed by my visit in March of this year. At that time, I would have scoffed at comparisons to Osteria Mozza. The pastas, in particular, were really weak at La Terza, like something you'd buy at the store. Nice to see they've improved so dramaticaly in a few short months.

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                exilekiss Jul 3, 2008 08:09 PM

                Thanks for the great report as usual russkar. :)

                I've never been to La Terza yet, but I'll have to try it now. :)

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                  jlrobe Jul 4, 2008 11:43 AM


                  Is La Terza better than other Italian Tasting menus

                  better than piccolo, la botte, valentino, il carpaccio, angelini, all angelo, or other solid italian restaurants that offer tasting menus.

                  Now, I am dead set on getting an italian tasting menu.

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                  1. re: jlrobe
                    russkar Jul 4, 2008 11:51 AM

                    Similar to Angelini (no surprise, huh?).

                    I also like Angelini, Valentino, Palmeri & All Angelo also even though they are completely different styles when it comes to TM's.
                    Not a fan of Capo, Piccolo, La Botte or Il Carpaccio.

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