So now we know their choice: Nostrana is restaurant of the year, an Italian restaurant on SE Morrison that has been open since October. What do you think? Do you agree with their choice of the year? What do you think of the 2006 restaurant review issue in general? You can read it online [Note: link no longer exists].
I have to say, I am a bit surprised. Don’t get me wrong, I like Nostrana, but in my experience the food can vary wildly in execution, and the service is some of the most disorganized in town. When I dined there earlier this week, everything was just fine, but nothing about it made me want to rush back. For me, the service is so haphazard, the entire experience is a turn-off. Maybe I take it too personally, but when so many people are saying “Your service is terrible”, it is time to come up with a new solution. Failing to do so is like thumbing your nose at the crowd.
I can’t even imagine what it is going to be like when the new crowds hit, and the patio opens adding another 30 seats.
When I think about restaurant of the year, the things that come to mind are: quality of the food, creativity, presentation, service, atmosphere, and price. With the exception of price, when I think about these things, I’d give the nod to Park Kitchen or Alberta Street Oyster Bar and Grill, way before Nostrana.