Chic and modern, the airy dining room is not exactly what you would expect to find in Savannah's genteel Historic District, but the restaurant has a ... More
Chic and modern, the airy dining room is not exactly what you would expect to find in Savannah's genteel Historic District, but the restaurant has a loyal following. A competent menu of Italian goodies is available, including lighter fare harvested from the busy Italian marketplace next door. The pastas, however, are king at this establishment, and can be spiced up with poultry, beef or seafood selections—additions which also spice up the price tag. Stop by on Sunday mornings for the live jazz-infused brunch buffet.
We asked our server what this meant and he said it roughly translated to “enjoyable chaos”. I suppose this is a fitting name for the restaurant because it was set up in a open style centered around the kitchen (which we couldn’t see from our table) and a large bar. It was quite noisy inside and there was a bit too much cigarette smoke for my taste but we had a nice table by the window so that helped to compensate.
Our waiter was very young but seemed to be fairly knowledgeable, both about the food and the wine and also cigars (we asked him where we could find a cigar bar and he told us about a place called Stogies that we ended up going to twice).
We began our dinner with cocktails; hubby with his usual martini and I opted for a glass of Prosecco. There was a very tasty red and yellow red pepper dipping sauce served with the big basket (nice variety) of breads. Hubby had a salad with radicchio, olives, arugula, goat cheese and a few other ingredients (including Roma tomatoes, which I helped myself to); I had a Caesar salad. Both were good.
We really liked the pace of the service here; our wine was brought to the table and opened so it could breath and our salads were not brought until we finished our cocktails. In other words, there was no rushing at all; a comfortable, leisurely pace.
For our entrées, we each had a pasta dish. I had spinach ravioli in a walnut cream sauce which was excellent. It rivaled the similar dish I had in Sienna, Italy in 2003. Hubby had linguine with shrimp with a variety of roasted vegetables. He said his was also excellent. The portions were goodly sized; neither of us could finish our plates.
We had a super Tuscan red with dinner which was fantastic (especially as it sat and breathed a while before we consumed it). After dinner, I had my usual espresso; neither one of us could fathom dessert.
Like Elizabeth on 37th, Il Pasticcio was definitely not cheap but we’d definitely return!
From the moment I made our reservation (for 10 of us) the staff was most helpful and courteous....cannot say enough about the food, we had the scallops, grouper, filet mignon, pesto pasta, etc...all dishes were done to perfection and the service top notch...definitely worth the extra money...
All of our hot foods were cold/icy in the middle,
they were obviously microwaved and for too short
a time. We had martinis and the glasses were the
smaller type martini glass,but then,not even half
filled. The server was even embarassed but did
nothing about it.
My boyfriend and I ate at this restaurant on Valentine's Day and the prices were double what they usually are. On a normal day they only add 20% gratuity to parties of 6 or more but they added that to our ticket when there were only two of us. The food was not even close to being worth what we paid for it. We walked out of their paying $186 for two meals and four drinks. Nothing on their `Special Valentines Day Menu` was priced under $45. So all and all I WOULD NOT recommend this restaurant to anyone especially on a holiday!!!!
Two of us had made reservations in advance for dinner. We walked in an someone took us to the bar area at a table with no tablecloth or napkins. I said no and we were moved to another table with a tablecloth in the dining room. We then had a 15 minute wait for any service. We ordered a bottle of wine and dinner. Dinner came and was passable. Not much resemblance to Italian. We have been to Italy many times and good Italian restaurants in many parts of the country. The bill came and was over a $125 more than what we expected. The server had mixed up the wine order resulting in the overpriced tab. The manager came and after much discussion did give us the bottle of wine at his cost. Very uncomfortable experience.
We had dinner at the restaurant. The food was excellent. It matches anything I have had in New York or anywhere else in the US. Service was very good and while prices are fairly high the meal is worth the money.
Do not waste your money, the only thing enticing about Il Pasticcio is its location. $22 for a bowl of pasta, with some sauce? Do you really believe one of the finest Italian restaurants in America is in Savannah, GA? I live in Savannah, I've been to some of the best...Rao's, Babbo, Otto, all in NYC. Savannah is a wasteland for underseasoned food and Il Pasticcio sets the standard for that. The wine list is flimsy, the service.....slow. Save your money while you're in Savannah, if its Italian you want, go to the Olive garden or Carraba's or at least try Bella's, but stay away from this place.
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