St. Paul >Luci Ancora
Good food, not good experience. The first time I went there I got a waitress that seemed to look down on my group the whole night. They offer cheese and pepper and when she was grading the cheese onto my friends plate for about 5 seconds she said, "You are supposed to say when," feeling a mixture of shock and snide he said "Oh whoops sorry," It didn't stop there but I won't go on. The waitress consistantly seemed to look down on me, and my group, as if we weren't worth her time. Since that was my first time there, it really put a damper on the night and even more so on the whole experience of dining there. But hey if you don't get that waitress and you got money that is worth wasting, Luci Ancora maybe the place to go.
Always a Great Evening. Having dined here some 8 to 12 times, I am shocked at the negative reviews. The food has always pleased us & our companions. The service is warm, efficient, & friendly. The ambience is also warm & comfortable. The wine list is beyond extensive. We have also enjoyed many wine tasting dinners, enjoying the wonderful wines and the delightful food preparations of Chief Jim Kohler. Yes, the menu is limited, yet everything is special. The cost is not low, but the value is there. This is a resturant that works at & delivers excellence.
Not what I had hoped.... Truly a disappointing experience. We (2) waited over a half hour to even order, unfortunately the service did not improve from there. Theres not much on the menu, so it didnt take long to read. The pasta was awful and I didnt even eat half of my entree. My husband sent his back and ordered something else because neither of us could stomach the first entree. If youre in the mood for great Italian, go somewhere else.
Bravissimo!. WOW - what a great experience! We were seated promptly, next to the fireplace. The food was absoloutely incredible - flavors and textures that were deep but not overly complex. Lamb was perfectly prepared, the homemade pastas exquisite. The wait staff could not have been more helpful, offering smaller pasta portions so that we may still split a lamb entree. Also very knowledgable about wine. It was late in the evening, but we never felt rushed. A few days later, I called to ask about the wine we had ordered, and the person on the phone was very friendly and knowledgable, happy to tell me about the wine we had. We will definitely be back - a great place all around!!!
I have had better food at Olive Garden. Worst dining experience I have had in years. This was my second time there(thought I would give it a second chance) and the food was worse the second time around. I spit out the cured duck that came with our antipasti plate and the proscuitto was extrmely fatty. My daughter had to send back her first pasta dish and the second one was not much better. The so-called brisket was nothing more than a cheap pot roast with a very bizarre tasting mustard crust. Ceasar salad lacked in flavor and had a watery consistentcy. Scallops were so-so, but the accompaniment of cucumbers and guacamole was a very strange combination. Very over priced. The server was not attentive and we waited a half hour for our salads. She also bent over the table wearing a very revealing top. Extremely tacky. I would have had a more enjoyable Italian experience eating pizza.
Fresh Pasta and Mozerella. The best fresh mozerella and pasta in the Twin Cities. Try the taster's selection for a variety of the excellent dishes created at this "the best" Italian restaraunt in the Twin Cities and quite possibly the country
We had a very good dining experience. We arrived a half hour before our reservation. The staff was extremely accommodating, seating us right away, near the welcoming fireplace on a cold night. The setting is intimate but not crowded like other small restaurants which sacrifice ambience for extra seating.
The wine list is extensive. Carafs (about 3 glasses) are available as well as glasses and bottles.
The menu offers a variety of choices. Any dish including their homemade sausage is excellent. The deserts were the best way to end a very good dinner. You can't go wrong with either the Creme Brulet or the Flourless Belgium Chocolate Torte. We intend to repeat our visit.
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