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scarpetta or blade for dinner

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For a friend's birthday....help. Haven't been able to check any if these yet!

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  1. From what I heard scarpetta is better (though obviously very different). Have not tried either yet though...

      1. re: Frodnesor

        whatever you do, skip the $23 bowl of spaghetti. what a letdown! The waiter touted it as one of the best things on the menu, to which I replied, seriously, how good can a plain bowl of spaghetti be? He insisted that it was outstanding and even went so far , well almost, as to explain that chef Scott Connant gets in super early and practically massages the pasta...whatever, I fell for it, and it was just ok.
        Strangely I LOVED the raw tuna , despite the fact that it just doesn't seem to belong on an Italian menu, no matter how much truffle or herb you may use. The tuna, in fact, was the best thing we had that night. Hubby had the pasta with meat which was just good. Not fabulous. Room was like a swanky cruise ship with many empty tables despite the fact that everyone insisted it was one of the hardest rezzies to score in town.

        go for the tuna!

        1. re: HabaneroJane

          Blame Frank Bruni of the NYT for ratifying the $23 pasta pomodoro, over which he waxed rhapsodic ->
          http://events.nytimes.com/2008/07/30/...

          www.foodforthoughtmiami.com

          1. re: Frodnesor

            Bruni's pasta must have had crack in it that night.

            1. re: HabaneroJane

              maybe need to ask for that next time.

              1. re: Frodnesor

                For that money (for spaghetti, no less) it should come with unlimited crack refills! I must have been on it for ordering it!

                1. re: HabaneroJane

                  I'm offended too spending that kind of $$ for spaghetti, but it's worth it. When we went one time, a friend placed an order to go for his wife who couldn't make it that evening. Lucky for me he left early and left her to go order, which I was able to swipe. Threw it in the fridge and, kid you not, it's almost as good cold for breakfast.... but maybe I got the crack laced version!