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Sep 29, 2011 07:51 AM

Timpano, Rockville

I've been dragooned into a family event there tomorrow night.

The menu online doesn't really look that encouraging in that it doesn't look particularly interesting.
A little pricey for a lot of stuff I'd do better at home.

Anyone have any experience with the place?

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  1. Start with the mussels or the carpaccio. The veal chop is excellent. I have enjoyed the short ribs, the cioppino and the striped bass. The watercress salad and the wedding soup are very good as well.

    Its not like you have to choose between a quarter pounder and a Big Mac.

    1. I've been to a few business gatherings there and found that the pastas were their weakest link. I think that Mr. Douglas might have done better with the menu since he found some highlights. My advice would be to stay away from the pasta.

      1. I get there a lot (don't ask why). CDouglas has it right. Start with salad, or soup (the chowder is alright) or seafood. And have the veal chop cooked medium. Even the steaks are pretty good. The food is actually quite acceptable. The martinis are big. And the wine list overpriced, but you can find something to drink. So...there are a few things to like.

        Now the downside. The service is terrible. Rushed and very unprofessional (especially considering the prices). Management is absent, or simply doesn't know any better, or most likely, doesn't care. The tables are too close. It is too dark., especially in the back And it is so loud, you can not hear the person next to you. And upstairs where they seat large parties is Siberia. They do a pretty serious bar business, and that lends to the noise and the bustle.

        1. The roasted mussels are good. The specialty martinis are big and good. Meats are above average.

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          1. re: dining with doc

            The scotch is good. That's the main thing. We usually have a few drinks at happy hour and go up the street to Joe's for dinner.

          2. You have my sympathy. We were there twice several years ago, and decided never to go back. Mediocre food, poor service and all at a price well beyond their quality.

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            1. re: skipper

              Skipper hit the main problem. The food is ok, but wildly overpriced. I'd only go on someone else's dime.