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May 12, 2009 07:33 PM

Has anyone tried Adolphos?

I have heard mixed reviews-but more good than bad. Just wondered if anyone has been there and has an opinion about the best dishes, service etc. I love Italian but am interested in trying a new place. Thanks in advance.

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  1. Not a fan. It has a grimy ambience and medioce food. Crabmeat crepes were best selection. Try 1179, Cafe Giovanni, Irene's, Vincent's.

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    1. re: JazzyB

      Thanks! Been to all of those places but not 1179. I think I will try that. Any suggestions on entrees or apps there?

      1. re: ScarlettNola

        We had the chef prepare a 5 course tasting menu. This is not offered on the menu and is done depending upon the crowd in the rest. Search Eleven79 for my review.

        1. re: JazzyB

          we did the 5-course tasting as well -- we musta stolen that idea from you, JB. it was great. was the friday before Gustov and the great hurrication, so pretty memorable for us.

          i love the atmosphere of Eleven79, its dark, wood, and classy. best hidden gem date spot.

      2. re: JazzyB

        or Fausto's, Ristorante Da Piero, Ciro's Cote Sud, Gio's Villa Vancheri, Del Porto or Cafe di Blasi.

      3. I have been there several times over the years and have loved it every time. A soft-shell crab dish (it may have been a special) is one of the best meals I have ever had. Yes, the ambiance is anything but high-toned, but for me this was part of the charm. And I had no complaint with service whatsoever.

        If there is a downside, I dont recall that the wine list was anything special. But that wasnt an issue for us; we were always able to find something complimentary to our meal.

          1. The service is snotty, food subpar for the price. Menu often lists things that are unavailable or not presented with dishes (side salads, etc). After being treated very poorly there about six months ago I have not been back. The dining room is musty and old fashioned, the kitchen tiny, the cooks unhygenic looking and the servers very very rude, plus service is much too slow.

            1. Fydeaux is spot on. While the wine list is limited, there are more than enough vino offerings, and I think the food is wonderful (particularly the stuffed cannelloni, escargot and fish topped with crawfish cream sauce. Mind you, if you're looking for white table clothes and obsequious service, this place ain't it. It is more akin to a dive, with the service and surroundings being very casual. But it is the closest thing in my mind to a small, family run trattoria in southern Italy. If you want an Italian place that is quite a bit nicer, but still reasonably priced with excellent food, try Maximos.

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              1. re: pilaf

                you nailed it.

                but on a side note i gotta say...ive tried Maximo's 3 times now, and while i love the space, i cant say the food really did anything for me. what do you recommend there?