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Passing thru Syracuse report

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AltoCinco
http://altocinco.net
Terrific! We wanted really good, nourishing food after driving from Boston. This place has something for everyone, and our vegan and carnivore eaters were very happy with the choices. The beer selection was super, and the staff were very friendly and caring. Highly recommended.

Pastabilities
http://www.pastabilities.com
Meh.
I don't get the raves we heard about this place, nor the lines waiting to get in. We got the house-made linguine. I got the red sauce with portabella mushrooms. The pasta was very good, the mushrooms excellent with a nice flavor of balsamic marinade. The red sauce was poor and overcooked. No seasoning, either. How can a pasta-based restaurant not serve a decent red sauce? My companion got the pink vodka sauce which was very zesty, but not described as such on the menu. He was not happy.

Our order took forever to come to the table. So long as to be unacceptable, and we were ready to leave when our server promised to get it right then. The kitchen is open, and things looked pretty disorganized. It was Sunday evening, but even so the crew looked lost.

Definitely would not return. Across the street is Kitty Hoynes (sp), an Irish pub that came highly recommended. It is closed on Sundays, or we might have gone over there.

Vicki's soft serve in Liverpool
Fun, local place. Chocolate, vanilla, or orange soft serve -- take your pick. We enjoyed the chocolate and vanilla, but would give the orange a pass.

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  1. I agree that the pasta at Pastabilities was pretty terrible. I was really disappointed. HOWEVER, The special pizza was AMAZING. It has house smoked duck bacon, Humboldt Fog aged goat cheese, housemade mozzarella, dried cherries, and a couple other accents, and it may be the best (untraditional) pizza I have ever had. I loved it so much that I recreated it at home and it was almost as good as I remember. I'll post a picture.

    We loved the Blue Tusk down the road. Great beer selection, relaxed atmosphere.

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      Yum.

       
      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        That does look good!

    2. That's funny that you reported bad service at Pasta's. A friend of mine told me the same thing when she went there last week. Too bad about the food. I haven't been there in a while but it used to be fantastic. Must be something going on there.

      Agreed about i-eat-a-lot-of-ice-cream's comment on the Blue Tusk. Also, the Empire Brewing Company across the street from the Tusk usually doesn't disappoint.

      1. Dinosaur BBQ is a must

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        1. re: lpatter

          I think the Dinosaur is over rated these days. It used to be very good, now it's just "meh." It's not bad or anything, but I think that Limp Lizard is much better.