DePalma's has all the elements of a fine dining experience, and then a few more elements that takes it down to just above average.
Atmosphere is an attempt at classy, but the noise level takes away from that. I recognized higher-end speakers lining the walls near the ceiling. They must have been playing the "Bar Noise with Kitchen Clatter" album, because that's all anyone could hear.
Appetizers were 50/50. The first one we tried was a spread on perfectly toasted bread. Incredibly good.
The second appetizer had a mushroom sauce surrounded by mozzarella balls, meats, zucchini, cheeses, and eggplant (which is not normally part of the dish, but was requested by my wife). Someone in the kitchen got carried away with pepper, and essentially ruined the appetizer. It was an obvious mistake, because the rest of the food was perfect.
The second appetizer was taken off the bill. We had two deserts, their bread pudding and the Creme brûlée cheesecake. Both took a long time to arrive, but we're worth the wait. Prices on par with "date night" restaurants. A solid 4 out of 5 stars.
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