Hours: Lunch, Dinner: seven days
Family Italian in the Heart of Little Italy.
La Fontanella has the requisite wall of Franks (Sinatra, Avalon, and someone's second cousin), and had drawn a crowd of regulars on the weeknight we visited. But one wonders in what alternative universe its cool to serve frozen green beans with relatively expensive veal. It's certainly not the food one might expect in the Heart of Little Italy. If I had to eat here again, Id get the side of somewhat herbaceous meatballs ($3.00) and a bottle of Le Bocce Reserva (slightly overpriced at $38 a bottle yet drinkable, unlike the generic house red). Just about everything else we had was either bland (the braciole was flavor free) or preposterously overpriced (mussels, though tender, were close to a buck a piece; baked artichoke hearts, similarly priced, were clearly canned). To be fair, the noodles were nicely al dente. Our flagging sprits picked up at dessert, when a decent tiramisu almost helped us forget dinner. When the waitress asked if everything was OK, I said "Si" thinking more in terms of the letter grade.
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