There is no way to win this argument. If they had done a ton of media pre-event, then folks would have pissed and moaned about how fancy they thought they were & how no one could get a seat and blahblahblah. you're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't.
I'm sorry I didn't get to attend this event and the chance to eat the food of great chefs from elsewhere - without a plane ticket - is something anyone enjoys great cooking (read: cooking and *not* foodie elitism) would jump at...especially at $8 a plate. That having been said, there are lots of great $8 plates across our town that need the support, too.
i had lunch there last week and the agnolotti was delicious...but a tad too saucy for me. i enjoyed the flavors tremendously. the real star at our lunch was the pizza - can't remember the name but it's cheeseless and had tomato and anchovy on it. It was a pretty wow pizza. Can't wait to go back at dinner for some of the entrees.
i had the same wonderful experience at beleza. some folks have been bemoaning the temperature of their crudo. However, mine was perfect and the flavors and textures of the fish were delightful.
I also agree that the cocktails are spectacular - I had the same grapefruit/tupelo martini during my visit. i would be hard pressed to leave there *full* but I certainly left after my 2 dishes and dessert quite content.
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