Delfina is tiny but very popular as well, which generally means it is packed and quite loud inside. Luckily, you will not need to say much except, ... More
Delfina is tiny but very popular as well, which generally means it is packed and quite loud inside. Luckily, you will not need to say much except, "This is really good!" and "I would like another order of this," both of which can be conveyed with hand gestures and facial expressions. Seafood dishes are the highlights of the menu. So are the pastas, risottos and vegetarian specialties. Save room for dessert, which features the awe-inspiring Panna Cotta that is a homemade religious experience. The service is terrific.
Several friends have raved about Delfina to me, and it's a nice upscale-casual type place, but I wasn't overly impressed. The rabbit gnocchi I had was excellent, as was the reduced minestrone & bread appetizer. But everything else was. . .fine. I should say the wine list was excellent - a thoughtful range of bottles clearly well-matched to the menu. Appreciated that they had a Bellini on the menu as an apertif!
Love it! Excellent food focussing on fresh ingredients. The only thing I dont like about it is the usually-long wait.
Pros: very good pastas, excellent organic meats, jetsetter atmosphere
Cons: having to make reservations in advance, parking
(update as of jan 2006 - the last time i went, something was wrong - the chef seriously over-salted everything, and my dessert was just so-so. bummer).
I enjoyed my meal, but they seemed a bit too full of themselves. I found them rude over the phone when booking a reservation. There are lots of other great places to eat in the area, so the attitude and the wait are not worth it in my opinion.
Some friends recently invited me to this lovely place on 18th street. They informed me that this is a truly great Italian restaurant, and sindc I didn't trust their palate too much, I expected huge portions of unappetizing salad and meatball spaghetti. What a pleasant surprise when I saw the menue. Only a few items under each category, all of them showing the desire to go beyond the ordinary. I tried two starters (marinated anchovies, fried sardines) and was very happy. The staff was helpful, the wine list small but with sufficient choices, and the athmosphere lively, bright and inviting. I will definitely go back...as soon as I can get a reservation :-)
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