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“Kind only at the entrance”
Review of L' Allegria - CLOSED

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L' Allegria
Price range: US$30 - US$30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: 44th Street
Transit: A, C , E , N, W, R, Q, 1, 9, 7, trains to 42nd Street.
Description: L'allegria Restaurant Is Rustic And Homey Italian Restaurant On The Corner Of 44th Street And 9th Ave In The Heart Of The Time Square And The Theatre District. We Have Been Standard On 9th Ave For Over 17 Years Offering Delicious Home Made Pastas, Meat, Chicken,fish And Finally Home Made Brick Oven Fuccacia And Dessert. This Is The Perfect Spot To Dine Before Or Even After The Theater. From The Ala Cart Menu We Offer $10.00 Cash Value Discount If Your Check On Food And Drinks Total $60.00 And We Offer $20.00 Cash Value If Your Check Is $100.00 Or More Available Sunday To Thursday And From 8 Pm To Closing Friday And Saturday. We Also Promise A Very Good Quality Dinner. See You And Enjoy Your Time :)
Milano, Italia
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Kind only at the entrance”
Reviewed 31 July 2013

I was not expecting this restaurant to be a good Italian one, not even to actually be Italian. We stopped by because they had a convenient special menu and the guy outside of the restaurant was quite friendly and kind. The same cannot be said for the waitresses who immediately warned us about all the things we could not have from the regular menu very impolitely.
We had a decent salad, overcooked, overdressed pasta, a microscopic bad cooked sirloin, and a tiny and average cheesecake (the only dessert available). Do not remember if 30 or 40 bucks each, but I do remember 27% gratuity! I do not even know if legal, I know for sure I will never get back there!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank giorgiom707
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“don't expect great food here - but quite good value for the money”
Reviewed 17 July 2013

It seems that they try to attract many tourists with special menus (e.g. 3 course menu for a bit over 20 bucks). A guy outside is even trying to get people that walk by to get it. So I was a bit suspicious about that and was not sure at the beginning. We ordered each one of this special courses. Salad was OK - nothing special, but good. Pasta was also quite good, but again: nothing special. They served a small cheesecake for dessert - same story (nothing special).
Staff was friendly and quite attentive.
Location is not special.
Good place to eat something quickly if you don't want to spend a lot of money but also don't have very high expectations.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Florian2410
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
159 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Not very good Italian.”
Reviewed 26 June 2013 via mobile

Good atmosphere, ambience, and terrific service. Now about the food. You can't run an Italian restaurant without great sauce. Sorry, but I've tasted better out of a jar. Had eggplant parm. Eggplant was actually bland, poorly breaded or spiced. This is unfortunate because the place is cute and the service is excellent. Forget about it!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Martin B
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Sydney, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Friendly service”
Reviewed 9 June 2013 via mobile

Located on a busy corner, with lots of competition from other Italian restaurants nearby, this one failed to impress. The fixed price menu, offered salad or soup, followed by mainly pasta or pizza and then cheesecake. Interestingly, the 'gratuity' was added to the bill before it was presented to us. Aussies coming to grips with the tipping culture should be alert to this.

Visited June 2013
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5 Thank Patsy Y
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Columbus, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Good Fixed Price Menus”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Have ate here a few times. The fixed price menus start at $21.95 and go to $29.95. All include soup or salad and cheesecake for dessert. The lamb shank on the $29.95 menu is decent, just ask for the sauce on the side as it can sometimes be too sweet. The gnocchi in the meat sauce on the $21.95 menu is also very good. Wine is at a decent price point, and sitting outside people watching while eating dinner is a highlight!

Visited May 2013
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Thank SPG-BA
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