192 E. 2nd St., New York, NY, 10009
nr. Ave. B
By shamrock on 1/21/2003
Pop a muscle relaxant before strolling the gauntlet of the awkwardly laid-out upstairs room and discovering your chances of getting seated anytime soon -- it's always packed. A friendly, casual bar and loungey dining area await below. The gnocchi with Gorgonzola is creamy wintry perfection, as is the tangy tortelloni con ragu. I had an awesome stuffed porkchop here and my boyfriend had a melty, luscious ossobuco. Lots of good inexpensive Tuscan and Umbrian wines. The staff actually knows its stuff, a rarity in the East Village. The bigger your party, the more problematic your chances.
By blahniks on 2/12/2003
Excellent food at amazing prices, When I've come here, I feel like I am in a small authentic restaurant in florence, agghhhh if all restaurants were only like this. you will feel as if you have stolen from this lovely couple who runs this restaurant because of how satisfied you will feel when you leave, and you will actually have $ left over. Reservations really don't mean a thing, but this place is worth the wait, try their mussels and dip that bread in the sauce. they close for the whole month of august, so go now
By d761 on 2/27/2003
The food and atmosphere are great. However plan on waiting at least an hour until you are seated even with a reservation.
By DebbiB446 on 2/27/2003
when we asked for bread, we were treated as though we were the "american idol" judges and dared to criticize someone's atrocious singing. i wouldn't go back if you paid me. the food, no matter how cheap, was not worth the cost to my self-esteem!
By superfan13 on 3/1/2003
Not much of a reviewer but fantastic eats, great prices, cool bar downstairs.
By murdock on 3/10/2003
What was once a secret gem, a place to remember a first date and reminisce over good food and wine, has become a New York restaurant cliche. The crowd, a mixture of the ultra-hip and the confused and hungry. Service with an overall lack of consideration. A place to be seen in. Not the place to wait for a meal on a Saturday night. Making the reservations, I was abruptly informed that my request, a table for two at 10pm, Saturday night, would be honored for ten minutes, then lost. "So try to get here on time." Arrival - 10:05pm. My wife and I were directed to the crowded bar downstairs where hungry patrons awaited the call (so and so, party of blah, blah). At 10:30 my wife suggested I remind the host that we were still waiting. At 11, we started talking to others. Some were waiting since 8 - no reservations though. 11:30 - we discussed our midnight plans. Didn't we have a reservation? What good was it? 11:35 - we left... hungry. Forget how good the food is supposed to be. It can't be that good if you never get to eat it.
By jenniebnyc on 4/11/2003
Long waits are part of the charm here. Go down to the bar and have a drink, calm down, and get yourself really hungry b/c from bruschetta to gnocchi this place is a pleasure I look forward to many times a year. Here are the kickers: cash only, crazy owner (NO cheese on FISH, and NO exceptions). Mangia!
By sibbald on 1/12/2004
Terrible attitude, unpleasant setting, with very plain food - real "Soup Nazi" experience
By holtermann on 11/28/2004
Good food, quirky fun owners and staff, with an edge and a good laugh.
By kevinmoss77 on 3/22/2005
I once was a proud defender of Il Bagatto, correcting naysayers who slammed the place for its poor service and allegedly mediocre food. On my last visit, I joined the ranks of those I'd so vehemently challenged. Our food lacked the flavor and pizzazz that made Il Bagatto such a find (the ragu had to be store-bought). Il Bagatto no longer offers great food at reasonable prices. Rather, it serves up overpriced, mediocre food that leaves one wondering what all the hype was all about.