I dined at La Famiglia with my boyfriend on a Friday night during Restaurant Week Jan2009. Perhaps a Restaurant Week experience alone is not a good indication of the quality of a restaurant, but it seems as though La Famiglia has had many Res Week failures. \r
First of all, while we were waiting to be seated, an angry couple vented to the manager (loudly enough for everyone in the bar area to hear) about the rushed service and poor quality of food. They said they have had pleasant dining experiences at the restaurant before but on that particular evening they would have rather have eaten at the Olive Garden!\r
We were seated and eventually met the pushy sommelier, Mario. Mario was so keen on finding a perfect wine for us that he frantically flipped through the pages of their encyclopedia-like wine book for what seemed like 10 minutes. The wine book was in front of me, my seat was against a wall and the pages were nearly hitting my face and Mario's hand kept sweeping against my chest. I WAS SO DISGUSTED THAT I WANTED TO CRY. Instead we ordered a bottle of Chianti Classico and ordered our meal.\r
Learning from what the angry couple had said when we arrived, we enjoyed our meal slowly ? they can?t force your entree upon you if you haven?t finished our appetizer, right?\r
We were pleased with the meal. The crabcake was melt-in-your mouth delicious (albeit on the small side) and the ricotta gnocchi was fantastic (a hint to the other reviewers: it has ricotta cheese in it; it?s supposed to be a tiny bit ?mushier? than normal potato gnocchi). My boyfriend had the tilapia with white wine lemon sauce and diced tomatoes. It was cooked and presented superbly and tasted just as good. I had the risotto, which was delicious, piping hot and too big of a serving for me to finish. The dessert, a mini fruit tart, ricotta cheese cake and profiterole, was perfect.\r
Our waiter, Vittorio, was very attentive and polite and even apologized for the sommelier?s behavior.
Pros: Great food, huge wine list (book), Nice Ambience
Cons: Creepy wine steward, poor Resaurant Week quality