Sunday, May 19, 2013

Review: La Mela Ristorante

La Mela Ristorante
167 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10013

Meh. But a fun meh.

Imagine that Saturday Night Live made a parody of Italian restaurants like they did of that Cheeboorger place.  Now imagine someone made a parody of *that*.  That's La Mela.  Pictures of celebrities, red and white plastic tablecloths, a guy who only knows three chords singing Sinatra, the whole bit.  They even have a specialty feature for bachelorette parties involving a salami and light bulbs.

Unfortunately, most of the food was terrible.  The salad was the star of the show.  A basic iceberg lettuce with tomatoes; they pick a nice oil and vinegar though, so it's good.  My tortellini came out a bag and was topped with sauce from a jar. The bolognaise was better but not by much. The wine was plonk.

You'll laugh a lot, though, and it's cheap by Little Italy standards.  You're probably not in little Italy for the food anyways.

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