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307 E. 77th St., New York, NY, 10075
nr. Second Ave.
salvatore the best
By carl65 on 3/7/2011
what he cook and invent it's incredible!! so good .....dolci ? coconut mix..
By azerto on 8/10/2010
We went there for the restaurant week and the prix fixe was really not a bargain. Besides, it was a special event for them so the gratuity went up for that reason which made the bargain even less interesting. Anyway, the service was really good and that must the only thing I do not have to complain about (if you exclude the manager obviously...). The toilets were not that clean regarding the standing of the restaurant and the food quantity was just....a joke! You have to be careful with what you order because what you read on the menu may not match what you get: One or two mouthfuls and you are done with your dish....The worst thing is the manager: I never saw such a disrespectful person. When you are working in this field, the least you can do is to be nice and understanding with your customers. Go there if you want to be scammed and have someone barking at you as soon as you make a request
By Sandy MacDonald on 1/19/2009
We wandered in during Restaurant Week, and though the prix fixe seemed a bargain (especially vis a vis a la carte), it really wasn't. Despite an enticing menu (all sorts of odd, intriguing ingredient combos), the results were dull: e.g., the cannelini bean puree with "anchovy oil drippings" tasted like thin gruel, and the pork loin with spicy honey sauce meant dry slabs aswim in a pool of insipid sweetness. Nothing awful -- but nothing good, either. We thought we were venturing into the well-trod world of exquisite neo-Italian fare than New York is known for; no such luck. Oh, and the decor -- windowless back room with leatherette seats -- was commensurately drab. On the plus side, the owners and servers were gracious. That's just not enough, though, to compensate for the menu-to-table gap.
By Sancc891 on 7/28/2008
Great Italian food. Creative and satisfying. Warm inviting setting with a very nice decor and effective lighting. Creative desserts including Blueberry Bavarian Cream with wild berries and lemon liqueur foam are to die for. I don't live near by at all yet it was a great experience, it was totally worth it!
one more italian joint in the u.e.s.? great eats at alloro
By dirk_diggler on 7/14/2008
gina and salvatore are truly great hosts and while the decor is still in need of work. for starters, the lonzo (cured pork) is amazing, some of the best i've had, wonder where they get it. for primi the scallops are the standout, the pistachio adds a great flavour that works. for the pastas, a huge favourite is the veal ragu, a huge portion at a great price, well balanced and light. the fava bean tonnarelli is also well done, a bit heavier, but the fava bean puree is rather light. the small bits of langoustine are a rich touch. the fried spaghetti is novel, hard to eat, but fun dish. the crispy cannelloni are solid, nothing special, but a good pasta. for the mains, the steak is uninspiring coupled with the potatoes, but the lavender swordfish is truly a different meal. the herbal taste really works. a great place, a great neighbourhood joint, the wine list needs some help, but the place is young. while not a destination place, with such a welcoming environment with great hosts and food, you won't be disappointed.
Not your standard spaghetti bolognese
By josephjacobs on 6/30/2008
Just another upper east side Italian restaurant? Who needs it. We do. My wife and I brought friends of ours to this new establishment and had a great experience. An enterprising couple demonstrated that a new restaurant can have their act together. She is the manager and he is the cook. The experience was delightful. The food is interesting and not just the standard spaghetti bolognese which is certainly available on every corner. The appetizer, pasta, entree and dessert selections are all well prepared, delectable, imaginative variations on your typical Italian offerrings. In addition, they are priced well. Alloro presently offers a great selection of wine and beer which is priced reasonably. We will certainly return shortly.
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