Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2012: My other half and I had our Valentine’s Day dinner at Piccolo Posto, located in Monroe, NY. I had high expectations, since the majority of the various on-line reviews were positive. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed. They had a limited and different menu from their website menu, which also does not list prices (a red flag meaning: Expensive). One crab cake appetizer, one veal dish, one flounder dish stuffed with some mushy pâté-like crabmeat and three small cans of soda for $81.00 + tip! The rice was kind of sticky with bits of corn in it; not very good. Skimpy on the carrots. For the price we paid, I feel that a house salad and dessert should have been included. Maybe their prices were jacked up because of the holiday…don’t know, never dined there before. I’m sorry to say that the food was just mediocre. I would not have minded the high cost, if the food was amazing…but it wasn’t. Have had better at Bocci’s and La Vera Cucina.
Atmosphere: Very small restaurant. The entry way had a few tables close to the front door. The main dining area was about the size of a large living room. A set table and two chairs blocked the emergency exit door, which looked like it was painted shut; a safety hazard. The tables were not arranged as pictured on their website. The majority of them were small and set for two and in close proximity to each other. I felt sorry for the couples in the middle of the room. For them, it was almost like dining at a long table with a bunch of strangers; not very intimate for a romantic Valentines’ Day dinner. Each table had a heart shaped balloon, which was placed too high up to really appreciate, a small candle and a tiny vase with one short lonely little carnation in it. There was one miniature candy heart at each place setting. All the women were given a long stemmed rose, which was a nice unexpected touch. Although I have the same Andrea Bocelli cd at home, the music was pleasant and not too loud, which was a good thing. There was a babbling fountain, which could be distracting if seated too close to it. Décor was a bit boring. Also, for the high price, I would have expected the wait staff to be a bit more attentive. So bottom line: Our meals were not worth the exorbitant prices. Feeling a bit ripped-off. Alas, we will not be going back…sorry Piccolo Posto.
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