45 E. 22nd St., New York, NY, 10010
nr. Park Ave. S.
By notninazagat on 12/9/2010
Remember Cena? Same area -- 22nd st (Ciano's on 24th). OK food, indifferent service, then it closed. Ciano: got some good write ups; husband tried it, liked it. We went there last Saturday. Seated upstairs -- "it'll be nice and quiet". Too quiet. Could hear the young married couple discuss every aspect of the lighting and floor covering they were selecting for their new home. Cold draft from window for us ladies on the banquette. Ordered a charcuterie-type starter that's meant to be enjoyed with drinks. It never came. Oh -- sorry -- it did -- with our appetizers, which made for a very crowded table. Plus instead of getting the baby artichoke salad, I got a monster of frisee and radicchio in the most buttery/oily dressing I'd ever tasted. No one seemed to notice it was inedible...same with entrees -- calamari was rubbery, tasteless. Tables were so close together that every time the waiter was clearing the table next to ours, the tails of his jacket would sweep our table and knock bread off plates or graze our appetizers, so we were constantly moving tables away when he came by. A year from now, it won't be in business. Don't draw out the agony -- don't go.
By nicolina9486 on 11/26/2010
A true gem - the rustic atmosphere made me feel as though I was in Tuscany, from the pristine staff to the scrumptious meal. I simply can not wait to go back. When there must try the artichoke salad !