I had a lovely dinner at Spago the other night with a few friends. Fortunately, these folks like to share tastes of their food, so I had an opportunity to try everything brought to the table.\r
For starters, we had the cheese ravioli (which two loved, but I didn't like much), the gnocchi with veal ragu (which was a big favorite), the smoked salmon and sturgeon on blinis (which I loved and others liked), and a beet salad (which those who tried it loved). For entrees, we had the liberty duck breast (smokey and good), seared tuna (excellent), and the Kurobuta pork chop and belly (which all loved, and which I felt was extraordinary). Desserts included the raspberry souffle (very nice), the strawberry pancakes (tender and lovely), and the 12-layer chocolate tort (which was just okay).\r
Service was very good, though not exceptional. I don't like much fuss, so I was perfectly content.\r
Overall, I'd say I was slightly disappointed, in that neither the duck nor the ravioli were all that exciting, nor were the desserts. The pork, though, I must repeat, was amazing. I might go back, but I'd try other spots before doing so, including Cut.
Pros: elegant casual decor, good service, some great dishes
Cons: expensive, some dishes not as strong as expected