Tre Dici – Tagged out at home plate

The night started very promising at Tre Dici Steak, empty dining room, cool dragon lady decor (think the scene in “The Golden Child with Kala the half-snake lady) meets an old world Italian feel, overly accomodating staff, large comfy black leather chairs and a table in our own room.

The extremely knowledgeable and friendly waiter knew exactly the crowd he was dealing with and asked us to put him in the menu driving seat. We made the right call!

Appetizers round 1 included clams oreganata, shrimp cocktail, caprese salad and “inside out” meatballs; “Beef, Pork, & Veal Meat Balls, Stuffed With Fresh Mozzarella, Fried, Topped With Homemade Marinara.” I didn’t have the seafood but the guys said it was great. The meatballs were to die for. Round 1 = Victory!

Appetizers round 2 included fried gnocchi; “Homemade Gnocchi With Gorgonzola Cheese, Spinach, Prosciutto, Peas & A Touch Of Cream” and Kobe beef ravioli; “Filled With Black Truffle, Caramelized Onions, & Parmigianino With Browned Butter, Thyme, & Natural Reduction.” Both of which were absolutely stunning. Round 2 = Victory!

We were pretty full at that point but nothing keeps the men of Steak Club 7 from eating their beef. Each of us went with the NY Strip plain, except Matt who got his Parmesan encrusted. They all came with With Parmigiano-Truffle Fries and aioli dipping sauce. That is when the roller coaster that had been climbing with excitement revealed that it only had a 3 foot drop.

The steak looked and tasted like something you could easily get at chain like the Outback. Plus, they were all over cooked. It was a huge let down to what had been an amazing build up to that point. The fries were good but hardly worth being excited about especially when the steak sauce was simply A-1.

The greens were ok, the desserts weren’t bad but at that point, it didn’t really matter.

The ambiance, service and appetizers all knocked the ball out of the park but Tre Dici failed to cross 4th base to score a run. Sorry to say, the steak was a massive disappointment.

3 out of 5 knives from The Rev

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4 Responses

  1. Agree with the Rev on pretty much everything, except the desert which I thought was superb.

    As a Brit though it’s weird to complain that the steak was overdone. The French love taking the piss out of the English fondness for ‘well-done’. I like mine medium mostly, medium-rare at a push, but this thing was not simply well done it was well well done.

    So disappointing that an otherwise nice joint would make such a huge mistake.

    The creamed spinach was a let down too, basically wads of spinach in a bowl of cream.

    The apps were incredible though and I loved the staff. The bartender was very generous with the alcohol in my whiskey and coke and the waiter was a good laugh to the end. Chatty without being annoying. Shame he works in a joint with bad steaks, he’d clean up at a better spot.

  2. another great hang with the gents of SC7…i felt like the apps were the highlight while the steak (and the steak sauce) were kind of a let down…

    More than anyone, i’d say i was the most bummed with how long it took to get apps served (Almost 45 min from when we sat down) but it was worth the wait i suppose.

    overall, i’d say 2.5 out of 5 knives with the half point drop due to lack of hot fudge sundae.

  3. The Rev said it best so I will keep it concise. Personally, I enjoyed everything but the steak. Apps took forever to make an appearance but it was well worth the wait. No black Sambucca? Hmm, that too. Bartender was rad…so I promised to mention her in the blog…so here it is!

    joeC

  4. The mixed apps were tasty, albeit very conventional.

    The service was slow, unbearably slow.

    The steak was mediocre.

    The company was amazing, and I was very pleased to meet the new SC7 member, Paul.

    2 out of 5 knives, and that’s being generous. Viva la steak.

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