Restaurateur Paolo Sacco has seen many a foodie trend come and go during his years at the helm of this northern Italian favorite, which relies on stability and a central Downtown location to weather the twists and turns of time. The food here draws heavily from the Lake Como region, featuring such tiny polpette meatballs with polenta and grilled fresh fish, but isn't limited by it. Standouts abound on the house-made pasta menu, particularly the duck ravioli. Save
room for dessert, especially the chef's version of tiramisu, served in a martini glass, and take advantage of the $38 three-course pretheater menu until 6:30 pm.
May 5, 2003
Beneath the slick exterior and attempted sophistication of Tosca there is a corner red-checked Mom and Pop Italian restaurant waiting to appear and often did during our visit. We were a party of 5 and one person ate the tasting menu. The courses of the tasting menu were uneven in quality and portion size, the wine pairings mostly poor both in wine quality and how they complemented the food. The appetizers were OK but not exceptional. The pasta
special was pedestrian at best and seemed to be heated unevenly. Was a microwave oven at work here? The service was attentive but too attentive at times when plates were removed at the last bite. One could get the feeling that we were being rushed but this did not faze us in the least. When one person in five selects the tasting menu it makes it harder for the staff to get the entrees and appetizers served at the right time for the rest of the party. A restaurant at this reputed level of service should have no trouble with this. It was NOT the case in Tosca. The bottom line is that we will not return; there is not good value for the money and there is much better Italian food in other restaurants are lower prices without Tosca's pretentions. In short we we underwhelmed.