There are times when, as soon as you enter in a restaurant, you get this feeling that you probably should have passed on it. It was what I felt at L'Allegria. The manager was outside and asked us to follow us inside, so far, nothing unusual. But then, he did not even hold the door, called somebody and left. As soon as we got seated, we heard a big noise and it was one of their customers pounding his fist at the table because something was wrong. We were too far to hear what the problem was, but there were four staff members surrounding him. It calmed down quickly, but Jodi and I were wondering what we were doing there! After a while, a waitress came to us, bringing us the menus. At least she was courteous, not like most if the staff that was not making us feel welcome.
We ordered our food and had enough time to look at the 1970 decor of the restaurant. Yes, it clearly did not look modern!
They also brought some bread that was most likely made with the same dough as the pizza and cooked in the same oven:
It came with some tasteless olive oil and some balsamic vinegar that had a consistency that made me think that it probably sat in that oil for a while...
We decided to order their Margherita pizza with fresh mozzarella.
What a disappointment: the thin crust was not crispy and was not even at the level of a NYC pizza joint and I am wondering where is the brick oven they advertise!!! Imagine that for the same price, this is what you get at Luzzo's:
Clearly no comparison!
We also ordered the eggplant parmesan:
It was good, with lots of cheese and a nice tomato sauce, but a bit pricey.
This was not a great experience and I would certainly not go back there for their pizza! Hell's Kitchen has so much better to offer that I would never think going back to L'Allegria. For a good Italian restaurant in that area, try Capizzi!
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