Spiga Gets Spanked

And we thought Brian Freedman comparing Urban Enoteca to a dead fish was bad. Adam Erace pulls out a dog food comparison for his review of Midtown Village’s Spiga.

Unfortunately, unbelievably, the pasta was not the worst thing I ate at Spiga. That dubious honor belongs to the coasters of cotechino arrayed over green lentils. Crowned with a fried egg, the composition echoed Modo Mio, while the texture of the sausage slices echoed Modo Alpo. Wilson poaches and chills the cotechino before slicing and searing, but that last step (which would provide some critical textural contrast) appeared to have been forgotten on my plate; the thick forcemeat rounds glowed virgin pink, no sign of caramelization anywhere. Remember the Play-Doh barbershop, how the “hair” would sprout from the holes in the character’s head? That’s what happened when I pressed my fork into the coarse-ground mush of the cotechino. It was like warm raw meat in the mouth, pasty and slick and rather revolting, but hey, at least the lentils underneath were really good.

On Its Ear [City Paper]
Spiga [Official Site]

Photo by Neal Santos




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  • Geoffrey

    Why……. Why… Why…why, do people insist on continuing to open terrible restaurants here. Why?

  • Tex

    To help the good ones stand out.

  • barryg

    The sad reality is that what we consider mediocre here would be very well received in other cities. The bar is set high and we are fortunate for that.

  • Marie

    I for one have eaten at Spiga several times since their grand opening and each experience has gotten better and better. The food is phenomenal and the complete opposite of what this writer is saying. Don’t believe me? Go for yourself and you’ll question what on earth this writer is talking about. I highly recommend Spiga and will continue to keep going back

  • Jacques

    Let me get this straight. This idiot of a blogger who labels himself as a food critic VISITED THE RESTAURANT ONCE and feels qualified to write a review?

    It’s like a race to the bottom between CP and PW to have angry retarded bloggers purport themselves as someone whose opinion matters. Quit trying to be the snide judge with the British accent on the stupid reality TV game show.

  • dennis

    Wow, above comment seems a bit angry. Owner/manager perhaps? Hahah. Isn’t that what most reviews are? Based on their experiences with a restaurant? Why would you go back to a restaurant where you had a bad experience?

    That being said, I wouldn’t base my judgement on one review, but rather a review of my peers on Yelp. If it’s consistently bad, i’d probably pass rather than rely on a single experience.