Caffe Torino's pleasant, quiet atmosphere was promising when we entered on a first visit on a Wednesday evening in early April, and so was the menu. Regrettably, a ridiculously slow kitchen and an inattentive server made for a very poor experience. Two in our party thoroughly enjoyed the veal Marsala ($28), which arrived in generous servings and was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Other diners tried one of the "specials" for the night, orecchiette pasta with broccoli and Italian sausage ($22); the sausage was quite good, but the kitchen skimped on the pasta and overall the dish felt slim.
After we took our seats, our server took and delivered our wine order, then forgot about us; we had to summon him to place our food order. Later, our server promised a requested beverage refill, but we had to ask for it a second time. We even had to snag our server when he was refilling water glasses at a nearby table, to do the same for us. Our food arrived at our table a full 60-minutes after our server took our order, and only after we inquired for a second time if he could check on it. He blamed the kitchen.
Wrapping up our dinner almost 110-minutes after we were seated, we decided we'd invested enough time at Caffe Torino, and skipped dessert and coffee.
Considering this was a midweek evening, the restaurant was clearly unequipped to handle its customer load. We would choose to dine elsewhere in the future.
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