Chow BREAKING: Bad Lighting Nearly Ruins Dining Experience!
posted by March 20 at 11:18 AMon
Everybody loves Osteria la Spiga. Me too. I loved la Spiga in its old digs on Broadway—heck, after two or three dozen visits I’d even come to appreciate their Epcot-Center-esque “dat’s Italian!” decor. The food was so good—particularly the pasta—that it hardly mattered that every surface was spackled with cliches. So I was looking forward to eating at la Spiga after its big move to 12th Avenue—particularly in the wake of all the rave reviews, most of which heaped as much praise on la Spiga’s new space as they did on la Spiga’s food. And, yeah, the room is beautiful. And the food? As good as I remembered it… but outclassed, just a bit, by the space.
One thing bothered me, though—the lighting. Not the lights over the booths, which looked fine, but the light over my two-top table. They’ve got these weird… flashlight… things… hanging most of the tables.
The the light they give off is cold and harsh—and has a weird green glow. It’s unflattering—to the food, to your dining companion. Lean forward and it glares in your eyes and makes you look cadaverous…
…lean back and you can’t hear the person your dining with.
I wouldn’t say that the lighting at la Spiga ruined our dining experience. But it came close. Oh, the humanity.