I recently purchased an online coupon for L'Allegria. It's a restaurant that I've been wanting to try for awhile but just haven't gotten to it. This was even more reason to go and try it. So I made reservations and told them I had a coupon over the phone (as instructed on my coupon).
When we arrived, the place was pretty crowded. However, they held our table and we were happy. Almost immediately bread with oil and vinegar showed up a long with some water. They took my coupon immediately and gave us some menus. However, we noticed something. Their prix fixe and pasta deals weren't offered. It must be due to the coupon. But no where on the coupon did they say this would be the case. Interesting.
We ordered anyway and had the fried calamari ($9) to start. The serving was huge. Luckily there was 3 of us but it was still too much. I like the squid without the sauce. The breading was also a little too thick for me. I like a nice light batter that compliment the delicate nature of the squid.
L'Allegria offered large portions of mediocre food. The waitress was attentive and nice but the management failed in letting the patrons know of their restrictions with coupons. That last bit really left a sour taste in my mouth and I won't be going back. I'm fine with complying with rules as long as they are clearly stated before the meal. If you go, please go sans coupon. You'd leave much happier.
623 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10036