Does anyone have any recent experience with this restaurant? My husband has booked himself a reservation there for his birthday (my treat, of course) and I've not seen much about it here. We've always liked the menu when passing by the restaurant and I like the idea that the service is "old school" which we both miss at times. Thanks.
i think i've been there twice in the last dozen years...food was very good both times...it's a middle-aged/older crowd, w/ soft schmaltzy music (greatest opera arias, etc) playing discreetly on the sound system...Carmela Soprano would consider it very 'classy'...and she'd be right: it's not tacky, and the food is good quality...it would be a somewhat odd choice for an under 40-something date, but beyond that it's fine...
Our dinner was last night and we thoroughly enjoyed it. da Umberto is pretty much a no nonsense, old school type of place that is exactly what most people described. I loved the fact that all wait staff and management we interacted with were Italian. It gave us a chance to use our limited vocabulary.
Stand outs were a fritelli of ricotta wrapped in prosciutto, a mushroom and fontina risotto and a roasted baby lamb rack. All delicious and served with no fuss or frills. The antipasti of simple grilled vegetables served room temperature was also quite good. da Umberto is very much like a traditional ristorante one would find in Italy. We'll definitely be back.
Thanks again to all who responded.