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Da Silvano. Good food. Bad wines. Has to be on purpose.

After my third consecutive visit and sending my bad wine back at Da Silvano, I have to say something. A friend of mine says he recently sent a bottle back, too, so at this point I have to assume Silvano is buying bad cases of wine on purpose and selling them to non-VIP customers.

I'd like to hear from anyone else having a bad wine experience at DaSilvano.

The wines by the glass in the bar room are especially screwed up.

It's infuriating considering the level of food they serve.

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  1. I assume you mean wine has turned and gone bad?
    It could be that the wine that they buy is not the issue but they are storing it poorly (like the cases sit in a hot kitchen or on a hot loading dock too long)

    1. Why on earth would you assume that a restaurant would buy bad wines on purpose and sell them to customers, VIP or otherwise?

      1. I also cant see any reason a restaurant like da silvano would purchase bad wine.

        It is their pricing of wine that is my issue. We walked in about a year ago, when bar pitti was packed, and took a look at their wine list. Prohibitively over priced. We left.

        1. I think Ttrockwood has it right. They probably don't store their wines properly until they hit the upper tier, but the reality is that no matter how much I've spent on wine at Da Silvano, it's never been served to me at any temperature that would suggest it's been handled well.

          One wine was "corked", but the other two were just off, like they turned bad.

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          1. re: Lamericano

            "corked" wine is not a direct result of how the restaurant store their wines.

            1. re: Lamericano

              Just sayin'. No need to get testy.

              1. re: Lamericano

                The wines are stored properly at Da Silvano. They have been in the restaurant business for many years and know how to store wines. However, rumor has it that they bought wines in the Barolo Restaurant ( SoHo) wine auction, when Barolo went bust. Maybe those weren't kept right.
                Anyway, Da Silvano IMO has excellent food. The owner is Italan and speaks Italian. Many of the tourists that they get are from Italy. Many of the clientele are movie stars and super models etc. Da Silvano is a great restaurant as are their two off shoots, Il Cantinori and Bar Pitti

                1. re: foodwhisperer

                  I don't think Bar Pitti is in offshoot, if my memory serves me correctly. I believe the two were originally affiliated but the owners had a disagreement and no longer want anything to do with each other.

                  1. re: loratliff

                    Maybe the word offshoot is wrong, however, they both worked together at Da Silvano, then they split and Bar Pitti opened and the 2 parties do not associate with each other

            2. I find DaSilvano to be overall mediocre. The food is nothing special, prices are higher than the quality of the food, and the fact that the waiter speaks in Italian when he's from Mexico is a perfect example of the audience they cater to - tourists.

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              1. re: Barcelonian

                'the fact that the waiter speaks in Italian when he's from Mexico is a perfect example of the audience they cater to - tourists'

                that's quite funny..i wonder how they train the waiters. I bet ya by Rosetta stone?

                1. re: Barcelonian

                  Some people are glutton for punishment by going there 3 times.