Antica Venezia

West Village
The West Village has almost as many forgettable Italian restaurants as Little Italy. This eatery on the Hudson—replacing the oft-empty Uguale—seems to promise a significant detour from the middling norm. The space is inviting; it’s an old-fashioned candlelit dining room. But the prices are high and the food is mediocre at best. You’ll get a warm and heartfelt reception followed by a parade of preamble nibbles (bruschetta, fried zucchini, Parmesan hunks). Stop right there and you might walk away happy. The generic food that follows will dispel any illusion you’ve uncovered a gem. The carpaccio is a big soppy mess. Shrimp Fra Diavolo has kick but no flavor. Capellini with clams needs a handful of salt. Even the pyrotechnic dessert—tableside flambéed bananas and peaches—won’t help dull the pain in your wallet.
Venue name: Antica Venezia
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Address: 396 West St
New York

Cross street: at 10th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5–11pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight; Sun 3–11pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main course: $20. AmEx, MC, V
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