Adesso Restaurant

★★☆☆☆

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Stop by at lunchtime and grab one of the grilled panini---the prosciutto with red onion and arugula is a winner---or a burger. At dinner, Italian family recipes shine through with dishes such as gnocchi with caramelized squash, fusilli with fennel-spiked sausage and slow-braised short ribs with shallot polenta.

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Stop by at lunchtime and grab one of the grilled panini---the prosciutto with red onion and arugula is a winner---or a burger. At dinner, Italian family recipes shine through with dishes such as gnocchi with caramelized squash, fusilli with fennel-spiked sausage and slow-braised short ribs with shallot polenta.

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I had to write my own review here - because I have no idea why Adesso has a 4.5 star rating. (Of the five previous reviews, three are a "1", one is a "two" and only one is a "5" - you do the math.)

This was hands-down the most disappointing Italian meal I've ever had. I hardly ever cook at home, but could have made a better meal myself if I had overcooked the pasta and poured a cold jar of Ragu over it.

I was especially disappointed because Adesso is in my neighborhood and extremely convenient, but perhaps I knew what would await me and that's why I hadn't yet tried this place in the two years I've lived across the street. I won't be returning.

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★☆☆☆☆

I had to write my own review here - because I have no idea why Adesso has a 4.5 star rating. (Of the five previous reviews, three are a "1", one is a "two" and only one is a "5" - you do the math.)

This was hands-down the most disappointing Italian meal I've ever had. I hardly ever cook at home, but could have made a better meal myself if I had overcooked the pasta and poured a cold jar of Ragu over it.

I was especially disappointed because Adesso is in my neighborhood and extremely convenient, but perhaps I knew what would await me and that's why I hadn't yet tried this place in the two years I've lived across the street. I won't be returning.

Pros: Great location

Cons: Super-bland food

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My boyfriend and I were walking through our neighborhood yesterday evening when we saw Adesso. Regrettably, we decided to give it a shot.
We started with the Bruschetta Adesso. There was too much oil, and the balance between the sweet and savory flavors was completely off. We finished that course, however both of us agreed that it was merely ok.
Next was the Caprese salad (normally my favorite salad, and pretty difficult to screw up). Typically, the basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes are layered with a drizzle of balsamic. On this particular salad, the aforementioned ingredients were scattered all around the plate mixed with spring greens, the mozzarella was balled up and chunky, and once again, way too much oil was used. We were not offered cracked pepper, and there was no pepper on the table.
On to the entrees. I had the Linguini Neri Con Frutta Di Mare. I love the combination of seafood and pasta, especially when it's done with a red sauce so I was particularly excited about this. This was hands down the greasiest, oiliest sauce I have EVER experienced. It was like they crushed red pepper flakes into a bowl of olive oil and butter, and dumped it all over the pasta. There was a half inch reservoir of bright orange grease in the bottom of the bowl. Disgusting. I ate the seafood, which actually was surprisingly fresh given the rest of the meal, but left the pasta/orange grease pit concoction.
The highlight of our meal was the rosemary and sea salt french fries, which the server forgot to ring in, but did have comped for us.
Also, not once was our silverware replaced during the three courses. The busser would remove our dirty silverware off of our plates, and lay it back down on the table.

The bottom line is, I could have cooked a much better meal at home and wish that I had. If you are looking for a delicious, authentic Italian meal, this is not the place.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I were walking through our neighborhood yesterday evening when we saw Adesso. Regrettably, we decided to give it a shot.
We started with the Bruschetta Adesso. There was too much oil, and the balance between the sweet and savory flavors was completely off. We finished that course, however both of us agreed that it was merely ok.
Next was the Caprese salad (normally my favorite salad, and pretty difficult to screw up). Typically, the basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes are layered with a drizzle of balsamic. On this particular salad, the aforementioned ingredients were scattered all around the plate mixed with spring greens, the mozzarella was balled up and chunky, and once again, way too much oil was used. We were not offered cracked pepper, and there was no pepper on the table.
On to the entrees. I had the Linguini Neri Con Frutta Di Mare. I love the combination of seafood and pasta, especially when it's done with a red sauce so I was particularly excited about this. This was hands down the greasiest, oiliest sauce I have EVER experienced. It was like they crushed red pepper flakes into a bowl of olive oil and butter, and dumped it all over the pasta. There was a half inch reservoir of bright orange grease in the bottom of the bowl. Disgusting. I ate the seafood, which actually was surprisingly fresh given the rest of the meal, but left the pasta/orange grease pit concoction.
The highlight of our meal was the rosemary and sea salt french fries, which the server forgot to ring in, but did have comped for us.
Also, not once was our silverware replaced during the three courses. The busser would remove our dirty silverware off of our plates, and lay it back down on the table.

The bottom line is, I could have cooked a much better meal at home and wish that I had. If you are looking for a delicious, authentic Italian meal, this is not the place.

Pros: location

Cons: beyond greasy food, lackluster service

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Read the earlier reviews on this site and I must state clearly that this must have been an "early opening experience." My wife and I (dined there this past Friday night) and found our experience simply outstanding in every area. The food ordered was just wonderful and the overall menu options are well thought out although I would suggest a couple more white creamy sauce choices. The calamari was tasty and "plump," and I had to have 2 extra pieces of the hot buttered bread. My wife ordered the Rollini and I had the Lasagna--each prepared and presented exquisitely---but tasted even better!

The service and atmosphere were impeccable---professional and pro-actively attentive.

Adesso is a "Must Dine At" and will be one of our first choices from now on---a cozy, warm, genuine neighborhood experience that we would recommend to our closest friends!!

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★★★★★

Read the earlier reviews on this site and I must state clearly that this must have been an "early opening experience." My wife and I (dined there this past Friday night) and found our experience simply outstanding in every area. The food ordered was just wonderful and the overall menu options are well thought out although I would suggest a couple more white creamy sauce choices. The calamari was tasty and "plump," and I had to have 2 extra pieces of the hot buttered bread. My wife ordered the Rollini and I had the Lasagna--each prepared and presented exquisitely---but tasted even better!

The service and atmosphere were impeccable---professional and pro-actively attentive.

Adesso is a "Must Dine At" and will be one of our first choices from now on---a cozy, warm, genuine neighborhood experience that we would recommend to our closest friends!!

Pros: Food quality & presentation / Service atmosphere and attentiveness

Cons: Dining room a little small---get there between 5 and 7 for best seating

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My boyfriend and I wanted to try this place since it opened -- in the neighborhood and BYOB. Looks are deceiving!! We had an 8:30 reservation on a Saturday night to celebrate dating for one year. We waited and waited -- finally told at 8:55 that our table was almost ready, but weren't seated until 9:20. No "thanks for waiting," no "sorry for inconveniecing you" -- nothing. We would have left except we were dressed up and it was raining badly.

Then our waiter brought us butter and water, FINALLY opened our bottle of wine and spilled much of it on the table while pouring. The food was awful -- I could have made a better meal at home. We ordered mussels that were ok, the salad was tasteless -- consisted of greens, a few tomatoes and oil without any sort of seasoning -- and my pasta was stuck together and lukewarm. And the service was soooo slow. We finished our bottle of wine before the main course came. Thanks to the late seating and slow service we missed the show we were going to and it pretty much ruined our night.

Do not go to Adesso!

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I wanted to try this place since it opened -- in the neighborhood and BYOB. Looks are deceiving!! We had an 8:30 reservation on a Saturday night to celebrate dating for one year. We waited and waited -- finally told at 8:55 that our table was almost ready, but weren't seated until 9:20. No "thanks for waiting," no "sorry for inconveniecing you" -- nothing. We would have left except we were dressed up and it was raining badly.

Then our waiter brought us butter and water, FINALLY opened our bottle of wine and spilled much of it on the table while pouring. The food was awful -- I could have made a better meal at home. We ordered mussels that were ok, the salad was tasteless -- consisted of greens, a few tomatoes and oil without any sort of seasoning -- and my pasta was stuck together and lukewarm. And the service was soooo slow. We finished our bottle of wine before the main course came. Thanks to the late seating and slow service we missed the show we were going to and it pretty much ruined our night.

Do not go to Adesso!

Pros: BYOB

Cons: Awful and Slow Service, Mediocre Food, Noisy

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This was our second visit, and what a disappointment. One of the meals had a piece of scouring sponge in it. Gross! When we sent it back, we weren't offered any refunds. We ended up splitting a small, overcooked hamburger that was falling apart and very over salted fries. When our bill came, we didn't pay for the scouring sponge pasta, but everything else was charged--including the $5 corking fee. When we complained to the manager, who hadn't come over to apologize and was engrossed in a conversation with his friends, he told us to find something positive about our experience. The only thing positive was the waitress who was trying to make everything ok for us, despite the horrible meal and manager. We do not recommend this restaurant! The food, if not spoiled by pieces of cleaning equipment, is horrible!

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★☆☆☆☆

This was our second visit, and what a disappointment. One of the meals had a piece of scouring sponge in it. Gross! When we sent it back, we weren't offered any refunds. We ended up splitting a small, overcooked hamburger that was falling apart and very over salted fries. When our bill came, we didn't pay for the scouring sponge pasta, but everything else was charged--including the $5 corking fee. When we complained to the manager, who hadn't come over to apologize and was engrossed in a conversation with his friends, he told us to find something positive about our experience. The only thing positive was the waitress who was trying to make everything ok for us, despite the horrible meal and manager. We do not recommend this restaurant! The food, if not spoiled by pieces of cleaning equipment, is horrible!

Pros: None

Cons: Pieces of metal sponge in food, nasty manager

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This was my first time dining at Adesso and I was very disappointed. First of all, they do not serve bread - what kind of Italian restaurant does not bring out bread or crackers? Then, to charge a corkage fee where the waiter does not ever pour your wine! The brushetta appetizer was awful with two pieces of over toasted bread and a tomatoe the size of a dime all for $7.00! Our pasta was so dry we had to ask for more sauce to even finish it. After all of this our bill was over $50 for two entrees and an appetizer. The food was decent, but everything was so overpriced for what you were getting. The tables around ours were complaining as well. The best part about the restaurant was the service and definitely not the food. There are too many great restaurants in the city to spend your time here.

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★★☆☆☆

This was my first time dining at Adesso and I was very disappointed. First of all, they do not serve bread - what kind of Italian restaurant does not bring out bread or crackers? Then, to charge a corkage fee where the waiter does not ever pour your wine! The brushetta appetizer was awful with two pieces of over toasted bread and a tomatoe the size of a dime all for $7.00! Our pasta was so dry we had to ask for more sauce to even finish it. After all of this our bill was over $50 for two entrees and an appetizer. The food was decent, but everything was so overpriced for what you were getting. The tables around ours were complaining as well. The best part about the restaurant was the service and definitely not the food. There are too many great restaurants in the city to spend your time here.

Pros: great service, good location

Cons: food, corkage fee

 

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