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Enoteca Carbonari: Midtown

posted on April 25, 2006 at 3:46 am

RESTAURANT REVIEW:
Went over for dinner last night. Grabbed a patio seat at the last minute without any problem. Here is the quick and dirty version:
-Selection of salumi (speck, proscuitto aged 20 months, cacciatorini and Bresaola): 4 choices for 9 bucks. Good selection to choose from and ample portion size. Hard to screw up.

-Roasted suckling pig/porchetta($16): interesting menu item. BF will always order if it is on the menu. I found it a bit bland and not smoky at all. I’ve had better at chinese joints in SF.

-Roasted lamb ($16): I think BB commented on this a while back in another thread. It was well executed but very bland. They seem very shy with the salt.

-Cipoletta ($3): Spring onion wrapped in pancetta and grilled. Delish. Only 2 onions though for $3…I felt a bit jipped.

-Grilled asparagus with Parmesan ($3): Very good. Charred a bit with a thick slice of parm on top. I would have like a bit more cheese but it was still good.

-Wine list: very extensive…nice range. Have selections by the quart and half liter. We had 2 half liters which ended up being half our meal price.

-Service: They seem to be working out the kinks. Our server forgot our salumi course and ended up bringing it with our mains which the owner took away and fired again. Giving us another cipoletta dish which we ate greedily after waiting for 30 minutes for something aside from the bread to show up. they also gave us a free dessert (cannolis with pistachios or something) to make up for the mix up. They were not that great.
The bottom line: Enjoyed everything but the grilled meats…a bit pricey for the portion size and our meal ended up being $140 after tax and tip. I would go back for lunch and eat anything but the meats which need some work. You could make a meal out of salads, apps, cheese, smoked meats and veggies. They still need work on the flow. Pleasant atmosphere..enjoyed lingering and watching the foot traffic as we sipped the last of our wine. Not a total loss. Would go back if I was in a pinch.
RESTAURANT INFORMATION:
Address: 710 Peachtree St.
Phone:(404) 810-9110Website: Enoteca Carbonari
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