Friday, May 15, 2009

Potenza, in brief

Potenza has garnered lots of attention in the last few weeks. It's warranted, given how strikingly different this restaurant seems from its correlaries in the surrounding area. With competitive prices in this economy, it should intrigue tourists, families, and those looking for a reasonably priced yet decent meal. The prices do not mean that the establishment is completely devoid of ambiance, with an open kitchen, decor including traditional Tuscan pottery, and waiters dressed in kitschy soccer jerseys. Our meals were hit and miss. The papardelle was not Batali-worthy, but passable. C adored his spaghetti and meatballs. The mussels were acceptable, but not as good as others in the area. The "bombolini" donuts were excellent, but they are donuts, so hard to criticize fried sweet dough. I'm also a fan of the house-filtered water, offered at a modest $2 fee. All in all, good, but by no means, great.

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