We had purchased a Groupon for Gente Ristorante. It was $40 for $80 worth of food. We made a reservation for Saturday night. When we showed up I was shocked to see that there was only one other occupied table other than ours. This is never a good sign. We looked over the menu which was your regular Italian fare. We decide to share the Piatto Di Salumi for an appetizer. This is a salami plate that had bresaola, prosciutto, genoa salami, sopressata, parmigano, cornichons and fennel slaw. It arrived it was pretty standard for a salami plate nothing to special.
Considering that there was only three occupied tables the service was lackluster. Jon decided to order the lamb chops as his main. They were bland with not much seasoning. This started to be a theme at this restaurant. I love lamb so I find it hard to believe someone can make a bland lamb chop but I guess you can.
I have been really craving lasagna. I decided to give theirs a try, I had read on reviews that it was excellent. If this is excellent lasagna I would hate to see what a terrible one would be. The food was obviously not made fresh and reheated. There was a ton of salty sauce just poured all over the plate. It was not good. I will have to find some good lasagna somewhere else and soon! Plus this would be the second place I went to that weekend that had hair in the food. NYC please hair nets!!
We considered dessert but once I saw that on the menu they were brought in by a company, I was turned off. It seems the food here is just not fresh. I did not need dessert from frozen after eating my reheated lasagna dinner. There is many other Italian places in the city. Here is a review of my favorite Il Tesoro: http://wp.me/p3wWp1-1sj I also went there on a groupon but it was a world of difference!
Gente Ristorante NYC
153 E 45th St.
(between Third & Lex Ave)