307 Spring St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.725991 -74.008438
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
Simply Put: Do Not Dine Here If You Want To Enjoy Your Meal – As someone who has been in Manhattan for the past 12 years, I can say I have eaten at some of the best NYC restaurants and, on a rare occasion, some of the worst. Giorgione is one of the worst I have been to in a while. Poor service, really mediocre food (if you read a few reviews here you will see that others agree) and indifferent management. There are so many better restaurants in this neighborhood - do not waste your time or money on this one.
DMANBURGER "Giorgione" – An oyster bar glistening with chunks of ice and delicately placed crustaceans-nestled closely next to vibrant lemons, a glimmering metallic bar that snakes along the west wall of this charming Italian eatery, a gentle old man sipping his Pinot Grigio, the sun shining through the open doors that- thankfully beautify the ugly combustion of traffic and slobbering drunks spilling out on to the street-all from the hedonistic pub across the street. Giorgione is quiet, relaxed and simply laden with white brick walls, iron rimmed and wood shelves that line the walls, sweeping the dining room through a split level space-soft grey tones, a bar crowd bustling with anticipated diners awaits.
Giorgione’s wait staff are attractive and cordial, but with an obvious professionalism about them, almost robotic, in routine. Owner Giorgio Deluca is hands on, and demands perfection. “He’s here every day checking on the place”, says one nervous employee. The menu reflects its owners healthy obsession for fresh inviting ingredients; like the featured Duck Ragu pasta-ominous, earthy-and the fava bean salad-crisp and garden fresh. The grilled octopus appetizer is fire grilled and boldly exciting, yet feels like a day at the sea-calming.
Nearby a gruff, yet precise woman with a lonely face, orders the Bianca Primavera Pizza. I keenly watch her mood change into a giddy, child-like happiness, as she devours this wafer thin pie of fresh tomato, arugula and ribbons of shaved Parmesan. Chef Aldo Monosi displays his obvious culinary talents with a broad menu, highlights consisting of Carciofi alla giudea (fried artichokes) $12; Fritto Misto (crispy shrimp and calamari with lemon and sea salt) $14; Polpettine alla Siciliana (Beef & Pork Meatballs, Golden Raisins & Pine Nuts.)$22; Mezzi Rigatoni con “Guazzetto” d’Anatra (Slow-Cooked Duck Sauce, Bitter Greens, Fresh Pecorino)$19;.Milanese di Vitello (Breaded Veal Chop, Frisee, Radish and Lemon Vinaigrette) $34.
According to Deluca, “Giorgione was created to provide a simple restorative or casual celebratory dining experience for the locals, including myself.” It’s safe to say that this, approaching 10 year old restaurant, has successfully achieved that.
Citysearch Editorial Review – White-washed brick walls, taupe leather booths and metallic-topped tables give this sprawling Soho Italian resto a neat, clean feel. Unsurprisingly, the menu is dominated by pasta dishes like spaghetti pomodoro and fettuccine al Romana (prosciutto, egg, parmesan and light cream) as well as brick-oven pizzas that range from the traditional margherita to the Bresaola (topped with air-dried beef, parmesan and arugula). Start off with plates of antipasti and conclude with a dessert like panna cotta or tiramisu. But beware: Giorgione isn’t cheap. Pastas run about $20 each and the pizzas aren’t much less.
Quality – This is my favorite resturant in the city. The olive oil itself is a reason to visit this establishment. The food is outstanding. Everything is fresh and it has a little of everything to please all. My favorite is the grilled polipetti. Its the perfect compliment to one of the many fine wines, and its served over grilled cherry tomatoes, olives, and celery. It comes with a nice hunk of brickoven bread and extra olive oil on the side. As far as price I feel its very reasonable. Some places in the city are noted for pizza and the pizza here is simple and fresh with a nice crust thats not too thick. Give it a try, you will not be dissapointed.
Horrible Service and Food – I have never written a review before but felt I had to after what was the worst restaurant experience I've had after living in NYC for 11 years. We ordered a bottle of wine and they brought us the wrong year - when we pointed this out they admitted they already knew this but didn't acknowledge this was a problem. The fish I ordered had bones in every bite and my date's food was ice cold. Incredibly overpriced for the quality along with pretentious clientele. I can't say enough about how bad it was.
Lost its edge – Used to enjoy this restaurant regularly but this is the second time found the food just mediocre. So many wonderful Italians in this part of town that have to pass and wont be back.
Fresh, Fresh, Fresh – We went to Giorgione last week and had a wonderful dinner. The food was delicious and not over salted as it is in many restaurants today. Everything was so fresh and delicious and the raw bar even had Malepeques which are my favorites from Prince Edward Island. The pizza was thin crust and actually had great flavor to it along with the fresh mozzarella and perfect sauce. Even dessert was fantastic I had a Chocolate Torte made with Jack Daniel's which was amazing.
WE LOVED IT!!!!! – love love love Giorgione. My husband and I have been going there many many years. We always have a great time! The food is always on point. The atmosphere is always fun. The staff is always smart, funny and extremely attractive. The wine list is very well thought out and not pretentious at all. If you are lucky enough, one night you may even experience Giorgio Deluca playing his favorite opera extremely loud for a moment. It is very entertaining and real. love it and hope you do to.
consistently good food – we visit giorgione about every month or so, so maybe thats why we don't seem to share the same complaint other reviewers wrote re: reservations. we've never had a problem getting seated promptly.
favorites continue to be the pizzas, the grilled octopus, the simple green salad and the pasta specials.
a very good wine list and good service round out the experience every time.
the only note of caution: sitting in the back of the restaurant is insanely loud.
Worst Service & Dining Experience – We went for 9:00 reservation and weren't seated until 10. As previous review mentioned, reservations seem to be pointless -- even when they call you to confirm -- confirm that they WON'T have your table. When seated, we finally got the waitress to take our order after 20 minutes. Octopus arrived tasting like charcoal - terrible. Entrees were mediocre, with the exception of pizzas. Ordered a third bottle of wine, that didn't arrive until after our meals were done. We had to ask the bus boys to clear our app plates, for our waitress and for the check. We couldn't get out of there fast enough. Terrible service, mediocre food -- dissappointing, esp since this used to be standby for us.
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