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Posted by Richard R on 10/28/2012
It is clear that the people running Cesco have no clue how to manage a restaurant. The last time we went to Cesco when it was at its previous location in Bethesda, we had a reservation and waited for 40 minutes for a table, finally gave up and went elsewhere. I thought in its new, roomier location the management might be able to handle their customers better. Boy was I wrong. After waiting almost an hour for our entree, I asked the waitress what was wrong. She told me that our order had mistakenly been placed at the end of the line some time after it was originally given to the kitchen. When the meal finally came after three more requests, the veal chop I had ordered was only cooked only the outside; it was completely raw inside. I sent it back. It returned slightly more cooked, but still raw inside. I sent it back again. When it arrived, actually done, it was so soaked with pepper that it was inedible. Looking for some gesture from the management, I got none. There was nothing removed from the bill and nothing else was offered in compensation for ruining our dinner. I would have expected to have not been charged for the veal chop or offered a free dessert. Not at Cesco. For obvious reasons, I'm never going back.
Posted by mary l on 07/16/2012
Went there for a birthday dinner and enjoyed every minute of it! The hostess was pleasant, server was terrific and the food incredible. All the appetizers we had were awesome and the fish entrees wonderful. The restaurant is beautiful and everyone seemed to be enjoying the place. We will definitely be going back!
Posted by brad on 07/06/2012
I was amazed how good this place was. From the time we went into Cescos we had this great welcome. Food was outstanding. We started with this unique lemon fettucine, and concluded with sea bass which was to die for. Great wine list. Service was spot on. fantastic live entertainment
Posted by henry on 06/10/2012
This is the real deal. If you are expecting a typical Italian American restaurant which serves chicken parmigiana...not here. Francesco Ricchi sticks to his true Florence upbringing. We had lobster bisque with angel hair pasta, mussels, and a salmon arugula salad to start. Veal chop paillard, striper, and gnocchi. Fantastic. Service was outstanding. Great entertainment. Nothing close in Bethesda/Chevy Chase
Posted by Geoege on 03/11/2012
When people go out to eat, being waited on and served is as important as the food. On this particular evening our waiter and the service he provided was terrible, he would leave for long periods of time and we would have to ask other servers to help us. I can't see returning to this restaurant.
Posted by mike diaddigo on 03/08/2012
By Italian I mean the way they do it in Tuscany! Not Italian American. The beet, goat cheese and arugala was excellent and light. Aged balsamic in that dish makes a difference - nice touch. I am a big fan of braised meats and had the osso bucco as well as the short rib on my return visit. Both were excellenct, the gremalota garnish on the osso bucco was so fresh you could smell it as it was being served. Bongo Bongo as i found out was a chef special and something that will certainly bring you back. I have also had the cappuccino panna cotta and it melted. best panna cotta anywhere. As for the guy worried about the scotch selection, I had a great Italian Barolo recommended by the staff and it paired perfectly with the Osso Bucco. Guess its a good thing I drank Italian wine with an italian meal not scotch - but to each his own. Great Job chef - can't wait to get back. Best Italian I have found anywhere. Keep up the good work. Same meal in NY, Chicago, downtown DC costs twice as much and not nearly the same food quality. Grazie!
Posted by DJB on 02/29/2012
I was a regular patron of the old location. I will not likely return to this location. Parking was confusing. There is none. I came expecting poor service (based on earlier reviews). Service was the one feature of this restaurant that wasn't disappointing. Although the knowledge of our waiter(s) was very limited. We ordered drinks. I asked what single malt scotches they had. I was told "We have a full bar." Turns out they only have two (mediocre) single malts scotches. We ordered wine. My selection was deemed by the waiter to be "one of the chef's favorites." Then I was told (10 minutes later) that they don't have any more of those "favorites." Instead, I was encouraged to buy "another chef favorite." It was fine. I ordered Tuscan soup and eggplant pasta. The Tuscan soup was luke warm. I sent it back for re-heating. It came back a little warmer. Surprisingly, there was no real flavor to the soup. I added everything I could find, but only ate half the portion. The eggplant pasta was nicely presented and was prepared well. Although I ordered it "spicy," it was bland. I added red pepper, black pepper and salt. It tasted better. My companion ordered penne pasta arabiatta. The order came back as penne pasta in marinaro sauce, with none of the necessary seasoning and floavor. All through the dinner, the wait staff was attentive, but oblivious to the fact that the food they were serving wasn't all that appealing or consistent with what was promised. I am not likely to return to this restaurant.