Ciao Wine Bar Opens Tomorrow
Ciao Wine Bar opens tomorrow in the old Flow space. It's the latest offering from the Liberty Entertainment Group (Spice Route, C Lounge, the Liberty Grand, Rosewater).
And, in other wine bar news, Crush has been sold to Lais Hotel Properties.
I would never turn down an invite to meet up with good friends and sometimes I even let them chose the destination. I wasn't overly excited to try this place out as it really isn't my scene but alas it wasn't my choice so all excuses aside I do have some advice for fellow CH'ers who find themselves in the same predicament.
First off I would like to say the service was more than adequate and I had absolutely no issues with it. Food-wise, your choices are basically Pasta or Pizza and this is where I went wrong. My friends had the pizza and absolutely loved it while I had what was described as fresh pappardelle with slow cooked lamb ragu and pecorino shavings. I figured it was such a simple dish that not much could go wrong with it, but I was proved wrong. The pasta was horribly overcooked, so much so that it had dissolved and gelled into a paste. The purported lamb ragu turned out to be a basic tomato sauce, ladled around and over the mound of pasta, on top of which had been placed a few chunks of dry and tasteless lamb. To add insult to injury, the pecorino must have been shaved long in advance, as it was rock hard. All this for $21. Had I not been dining as part of a group, I would have sent this dish back and ordered something else.
Should you find yourself at Ciao Wine Bar, do yourselves a favour and stick to the pizza.
this place is not bad, judged within the context of yorkville where restos of solid quality and value are hard to come by.
the martini was good. beef capaccio (sp?) was good, too. and the pizza was also pretty good. not outstanding, but certainly respectable quality. and their prices are considered within reason. you can easily find places in yrokville that serves lower quality food at higher prices.
this is a fine choice if you are choosing within yorkville. there are obviously many better choices elsewhere.