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KMERC May 24, 2012 09:28 AM

Ok, I`ve been on the road way too much for work these days and the list of places I need to try keeps getting longer. I`m taking my friends college age (roman) kids out to dinner, (ok using them as an excuse to go out...)

Anyone want to help me choose between
Pipero Al Rex (tried to go a couple of times but could never make it work)
La Gensola

i`ve seen Metamorfasi written about online, but it`s not in the 2011 L`Espresso guide.. is it new?

  1. mbfant May 24, 2012 10:22 AM

    It's spelled Metamorfosi, and it's newish, but not as new as Pipero (chef of Metamorfosi was at Pipero's old place). Metamorfosi and Pipero are the fanciest of your group. All'Oro is a good compromise between seriously good food and youngish ambience (but still serious). La Gensola is a whole different category -- way more casual and usually bustling (euphemism for: I hate to go there in the evening). Depending on where your guests fall on the foodie scale, it is probably the best ambience for college students, unless they don't like fish.

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    1. re: mbfant
      KMERC May 24, 2012 10:53 AM

      oops thanks. I knew that Pipero had opened pretty recently.

      well, its mostly about what I want, they like to go out with me because I take them to the foodie places they couldn`t normally go to. ...

      I thought I had read some non raves about All`Oro recently, but it was kind of top of my list, --- Pipero is near my house, so I could almost just run over there myself one evening or lunch..

      do you have a preference...

      1. re: KMERC
        mbfant May 24, 2012 10:11 PM

        If I have to rate them, the order would be: Pipero first, then Metamorfosi, All'Oro, each by a nose, and La Gensola far behind. My last dinner at All'Oro was slightly disappointing, not for the food, which was good as ever, but for the service. It wasn't rude or anything. Technically it was fine, but we were in the hands of a young waiter and got no attention from the "adults," while on previous visits we felt more welcome. But the last time my nice Italian husband wasn't with me, and I went with two American gents, visitors from New York.

        1. re: mbfant
          KMERC May 26, 2012 10:46 AM

          Ended up going with All`Oro, as I`m quite sure I`ll wander over to Rex and Gensola on my own next week.. Just wanted to check in and say we had a wonderful meal. The service, which was my main concern, was actually excellent. We had two very young waiters, but they were very attentive but not overly intrusive, and both the grownups checked in at our table pretty frequently. And the food was terrific. SO..

          1. re: KMERC
            jen kalb May 26, 2012 11:57 AM

            thazts great! what was the food like?

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