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45 E. 22nd St., New York, NY, 10010
Best Italian in Flatiron
By Pudgy on 12/30/2002
Beppe makes very hearty food - earthy and filling. The french fries are fabulous. The fireplace is very homy and the service is very attentive.
Tuscany in New York
By nycfoodie on 2/4/2003
I am almost apprehensive to write how great this restaurant is for fear that lines will start forming around the block. Inventive Tuscan food, a rustic casual atmosphere, and great service by friendly and knowledgeable staff are the perfect ingredients for a wonderful dining experience.
Relaxed atmosphere and delicious food
By steph on 3/4/2003
I found the rustic decor very relaxing giving the restaurant an almost casual feel. The service and food were outstanding. I had the most delicious gnocci I had every tasted.
By newyorker on 3/31/2003
The service was pushy and the servers were obnoxious. The food was good, but the dining experience was ruined by the classless service.
Flashes of Potential, But Some Glitches
By colpo on 4/23/2003
An immediate turn-off was our server. She told us that the chef recommends that each table have three savory courses (apps, pasta and mains). We fell for it, but it wasn't a very Italian way to eat a meal and ended up feeling unbalanced. My tablemate ordered the 'Italian Fried Chicken', a marketing gimmick that features a large bowl of fried chicken pieces with some lemon wedges. I guess the lemon is the Italian part, but eating the dish from a bowl was unwieldy and made for a dumb main. The rest of the food I recall as good, but eminently forgettable.
Wonderful all-round dining experience
By sophistocatedpalate on 6/16/2003
fantastic meal... the food was out of this world. the octopus appetizer was delicous, followed by the branzini, it made a tasty, yet healthy meal. the service was attentive and mr.casella even came to our table, with herbs in pocket, to greet us. the wine list is one of the best i've seen. i would recommend this restaurant whole-heartedly to anyone who has an understanding of the complexity of flavor without being overwhelming.
A Shocking Dissapointment....
By Sheep66 on 6/11/2004
So many friends, many of whom work for food magazines recommended this restaurant. We went with high expectations and were sorely disppointed by the thoughtless, rude waiter waiting on us. The food was less interesting than expected and the wine list left a lot to be desired. With so many great Italian restaurants in NYC why put up with attitude and a mediocre experience???
Overpriced and overly seasoned
By zeecee on 8/25/2004
The exterior is adorable, bringing a Tuscan country feel to the heart of Manhattan. The greeting was warm. After starting with a bellini (proseco and fresh peaches), we ordered an assortment of appetizers. At something like $9-$11 each, I found the portions small. Descriptions were more appealing than the actual dishes. The octopus "salami" was rather tasteless. Zucchini flowers stuffed with something were cute, but miniscule and though better than the other appetizers, nothing outstanding. We moved on to chicken (totally overwhelmed with rosemary) surrounded by wishy washy, tasteless potatoes. The salad had so much tarragon, I actually winced and sent it back. They accommodated our request for olive oil to accompany the bread and that was excellent. The dessert, the pan a cotta, with a few berries was better than the meal had been. Espresso, too, was good. For the three of us the bill was $150 (and that was with only one drink, tap water, two main courses, one dessert and perhaps 4 or 5 appetizers). We were not stuffed. The heavy handedness of the seasoning made the dishes truly unpleasant. And I thought the prices were high for what we got.
Great Tuscan Food
By nicoletb on 5/29/2005
From the moment we walked in, it reminded me of Tuscany. The food was as good as my Grandmother's and I can't wait to bring my parents!! The wine was Fantastic as well.
Dissapointment at Beppe
By Elroy on 8/2/2005
Had a very bad meal at Beppe, overly simplified food, not cooked well, a few good pasta but thats it. Pork chops over cooked, steak too small, not enough seasoning on any dises except pasta. Service was OK, wine list interesting and reasonably priced. Owners should get back there ASAP, they must be at there new place now, it shows. Never going back. I heard this place was comparable to Mario Batali, what a joke.
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