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Saturday, February 09, 2008

A Better Lunchtime Bistro: Allegro Italian Kitchen

Inspired by a true 2-for-1 coupon offer, Mack and I met up at Allegro Italian Kitchen (10011 109 Street) for dinner on Friday night.

I have been to Allegro only once in the past, lured there by the promise of a live piano player on Saturday evenings. It was my fault for ordering what I did, but the chef used an amount of orange zest only reconcilable for those with scurvy.

Walking in just before 5:30pm, there was only one other table occupied. The efficient hostess sat us near the kitchen, which I didn't mind for the relative warmth it provided (and the distance away from the door - it was freezing outside). As I surveyed the dining room - with a piano situated in the corner and a dessert case and bar along one wall - it occurred to me that Allegro was more of a bistro than anything else. Sure, the dim lights and tabletop candles provided some ambiance, but with awkward metal furniture and an open space that couldn't have been filled with more seats, Allegro fit the archetype of a restaurant more suited for the jostling lunch crowd than a quiet dinner.

I completely forgot to snap a picture of the menu, and thus, the food details will be few and far between in this review. The name of Mack's pasta order has been lost on me, while I ordered the veal-filled cannelloni. To avoid any possible rudeness with the bill later on, I mentioned up front to our server that we intended on using the Entertainment Book offer. She acknowledged this, and remained friendly throughout the evening.

Our entrees arrived very promptly, and I don't think our portion sizes suffered at all from the mention of a coupon. My cannelloni was drenched in a lovely, rich cream sauce, peppered with mushrooms just slightly cooked (the best way to eat them, in my opinion).

I have no real complaints about this experience at Allegro - great service and good food. But as a whole, I do think it is more conducive for daytime meals; the price and lack of real ambiance just don't mix.


Mack's pasta


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Blogger Andrea said...

"The chef used an amount of orange zest only reconcilable for those with scurvy."

Hahahaha! You're mean! I love it!

See, I told you the wait-staff don't really care if you use a coupon. They get paid regardless!

February 11, 2008 at 3:50 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I think it just cements my opinion that the wait staff at Cafe de Ville didn't really deserve the tip I gave them.

February 11, 2008 at 6:28 PM  
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