Lady Gaga might blame her recent weight gain on her father's luscious Italian cooking, but it seems like she's the only person who digs the fare. Joanne's Trattoria — the name of Papa Germanotta's new Upper West Side restaurant — is getting horrible reviews for its food. The restaurant was even skewered by a New York Daily News food critic this week.
"I came with an open mind, despite the fact that most of my colleagues have portrayed Joanne as the worst thing since herpes," Michael Kaminer wrote in the opener of his review.
It's safe to say Kaminer hated the food.
"The first sign that they may have been right plopped on the table before we ordered: Four pale, blank-tasting pieces of 'Chef Art’s Wood Oven Baked Focaccia' with the texture of kitchen sponges," he wrote.
Oprah's former personal chef Art Smith is advertised as the executive chef, but a server told the critic that he doesn't show up much — too busy with "other projects."
The focaccia wasn't the only thing he hated on the menu — the food was too over-priced for its mediocrity.
"When a wan Caprese salad with mealy tomatoes and cloying balsamic costs $18, should a server quip that cheese is sourced from 'whoever gets it to us cheapest' — especially when the viscous mozzarella seems to bear that out?"
"The association with Lady Gaga may be enough to draw in first-time customers like me, but the food does nothing to warrant a second visit. It's a shame considering it's a great space," he closed out the review.
It might seem like Kaminer has it out for Lady Gaga, but he's hardly the only person to give the Trattoria a bad review. A quick review of Yelp shows that the restaurant only scores a 2.5 out of 5. Most of the bad reviews focus on the food, while the good ones only mention the excellent service.
"The WORST Italian food I have ever had in my LIFE. I actually had to get up and get some air because the lasagna made me nauseous," Faye F. wrote. "We left hungry and on the way home debated going to Lenny's for a sandwich. I can't believe we dropped $115 on THAT."
Riva D. echoed those comments.
"Portions are small, prices are high and the quality was lacking, come on how can you serve a dried up slice of lasagna and charge 23 dollars?"
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