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Nov 18, 2008 05:40 AM

Al Crostino - Reviews?

My wife and I are thinking making reservations here for dinner with friends. I've not been and have only gotten one positive take on the place from a colleagues who lives close to the restaurant.

I understand it's by the same fellow who does Al Tiramisu, a place that my wife has enjoyed for years; I've not been though.

I'd like to hear your thoughts if you've been, or what you've heard from others if you haven't.


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  1. It's been well over a year since I've dined there but I remember a nice meal. The restaurant is owned by the same people at Al Tiramisu. It's much smaller (tiny restaurant) and has a more modern bend while still staying truly Italian.

    I remember a wonderful gnocchi dish. Just like Al Tiramisu though you have to be careful about ordering the specials. While tasty, they are usually twice the cost of anything else on the menu. Ask for prices...they usually don't offer them.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I was there a couple of nights ago. Nothing has changed - same menu, same "specials". The food is very good. It can be a little noisy - I won't miss the space when they knock it down to build a new boutique hotel - but a very pleasant Italian choice.

      1. re: jt1

        Wait? "knock it down to build a new boutique hotel"? Is this for real? If so, what's going to happen to Creme? It's right next door to Al Crostino.

        1. re: botnot

          Really? They are knocking down that space? Good question about Creme? Maybe they will house them in the hotel.

    2. Its been a while since I have been there as well but I too enjoyed myself. The food wasnt so amazing that I made it back however. I did have a fantastic experience with the staff, the owner is very friendly and makes it a warm experience. I vaugely remember a good ravioli. Sorry thats not more helpful! Report back if you end up going

      1. I am actually going there tonight, to celebrate my two year wedding anniversary. It has always been one of our favorites for simple, clean Italian food in an unpretentious and casual environment. I haven't had a bad meal there. My husband enjoys the steak with gorgonzola sauce (not always on the menu, but they've always been able to make it for him). And I've had good lamb chops and duck breast that, if I remember correctly, were cooked similarly with a honey and balsamic vinegar glaze.

        That being said, it has been over a year since we've dined there, so I will let you know after tonight!

        1. I returned last night to Al Crostino after over a year of being there last. It is true, they have not changed their menu at all, so that was a bit of a disappointment. The good news is, that we had the same waitress that we've had almost every time we've dined there. She remembered us and recommended an excellent wine that paired very nicely with our food and seemed quite knowledgable about the wine list.

          The specials were pretty much the same as I remember them. She did mention that they were all market-price and to let her know if we wanted to know the price of anything (she made it very comfortable to do so).

          We stuck with our old standbys, which were the specials - steak with gorgonzola sauce and the lamb chops with honey balsamic sauce. Both arrived with very standard sides (potato slices and a vegetable medley). I felt that they could improve on the sides to make them a little more exciting. My lamb chops were cooked perfectly, but had a bit too much sauce for my liking.

          We ordered the creme caramel for dessert at the suggestion of our waitress - not something we would typically order, but we loved it!

          All in all, it was a nice meal in a nice environment. I would definitely go back, but not necessarily to try new items on the menu, rather to go back for the entrees that I know I enjoy.