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Feb 2, 2009 09:10 AM

Alto Voce a dissapointment (Park Slope)

Now I was not expecting much. It's not like I was going to Babbo, or even to La Villa.

First off, the atmosphere was much different than Sotto Voce on 7th Avenue. I was expecting family cuisine, it was much more "date-night" type place. It was a lovely room, with a piano player that was fun. The waiter was great at first, although he disappeared later in the evening.

The bread was pointless. It was not fresh, and just tasted like Wonder. It looked like Wonder too.
My friend and I ordered the clams casino type appetizer, and suffice it to say that the clams were anemic looking. Tiny, and fishy tasting. The breading wasn't all that exciting. The plate, well a large plate for six tiny clams - presentation was seriously lacking.
For our primi, we then had the orichiette with sausage, which was decent, however the sausage was the same spicy italian turkey sausage I get at Pathmark, casings removed and browned. Not worth the price.
Finally our secondi we split the seafood cassoulet. While seafood traditionally isn't a part of a cassoulet, it was a good dish. The best part of the meal.
With two peronis and some juice, the price wasn't bad, but just not worth it.

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  1. "Now I was not expecting much"

    Thanks for taking one for the team.
    Walked by a few times. Thought the menu looked expensive for what it offered.
    If I'm going to do Italian and spend $40 pp, might as well spend a few bucks more and go to Al di La or Al di La's wine bar.

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    1. re: famdoc

      Had a look today and thought the same thing, they don't seem to be pricing for reality, not given the standard(ish) menu. I'd rather go more upscale (Tempo) or budget (La Villa). This one just seems ill-thought out.