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About Caterina de Medici at The Culinary Institute of America
Truly authentic regional Italian cuisine takes center stage at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden. Or, you can enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world along the banks of the Hudson River.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Monday–Friday
Dinner: 6–8:30 p.m., Monday–Friday
Al Forno: 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m. walk ins
$31 to $50
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Caterina de Medici at The Culinary Institute of America Ratings and Reviews
We appreciate the chance to dine at the place where future chefs are being trained! Elegant setting, attentive service. Food was a bit uneven - pastas very good but meat courses dry or not much flavor. Sequencing of courses a bit off - appetizers came after the first course so too much food all at once. But they try very hard to give you a special experience, and we will come back.
Noise from staff in the kitchen area was high and very noticeable. Now I don't know if it's like that every day or just high due to the upcoming thanksgiving vacation.
The wait staff was very professional and pleasant not at all loud .
The food was great especially the octopus appetizer.
Both the food and service were disappointing, which is a shame because past experiences at CIA were very good. I think they are cranking out graduates so fast that quality has slipped.
Food was cooked ahead of time. Fritto misto was lukewarm and flaccid, pork chop was lukewarm and dry. Risotto was good.
Service was pretty bad.
Always wanted to eat at the Culinary. It was A lovely experience. We had a wonderful table with plenty of room, very comfortable. Cocktails were perfect. Wine list was nice. Limited number of choices for food but surely enough to satisfy everyone. We all had different appetizers, first courses and entrees and we were all pleased with our selections. Dessert was nice as well. I would definitely return and recommend this restaurant. Based on this experience I would be inclined to try the other venues at the CIA.
Dinner with the hubby and son who we were visiting at Marist College. Portions are on the small side but after having a first course, main course and dessert, our appetites were satisfied. Lovely ambiance, presentation and food was delicious. Service was outstanding! A bit pricey BUT worth the experience. Looking forward to dining at CIA's other restaurants in the near future.
Service started out very rocky. The hostess led us to the wrong table, then left us standing there while she walked back to the desk to get us another table. When we were seated, wait staff was rushing around, but no one seemed to notice us. No water, nothing, After 10 minutes, my husband got up to find someone to find out who our server was. That got their attention. Then it took another 10 minutes to get our drinks delivered when we could see them sitting on the bar ready to be picked up. Caterina redeemed itself with fantastic appetizers, buratta salad and grilled octopus. Followed by equally great butternut gnocchi and risotto. Fabulous. Should have stopped there. My Pork chop entree was dried out, way over cooked. You could tell it was sitting out under a heat lamp for a while. My husband’s monk fish entree was very good. Dessert was very good. We Understand that it is student-run, and the students are in a learning environment. And overall, glad we got to see the CIA and dine in one of their restaurants. But service needs more focus and would have greatly improved our experience.
The restaurant is attractive outside and offers nice calm ambiance inside. The wait staff were very attentive, friendly and helpful. Wine selection was OK but limited. My wife had the salmon which was excellent, I had the monk fish, which was good but the portion was small. Overall a good dining experience.
I have been to restaurant in past, and wanted to share with friends who were gathering for a weekend in Hudson Valley/Vermont. Very disappointed in the service: expected a longer dining experience given student-run operation, but it was EXTREMELY and UNNECESSARILY slow throughout.
The ambience is nice but rather sterile (academic). The tables are huge and talk was somewhat inhibited due to the distance. The wait staff was very nice but most of them were confused. The pacing of the meal was off and one of us received both his appetizer and primi piatti simultaneously (It was cold by the time he got to it). However, most of our food was good. Some of it was very good. The Amuse Bouche was terrible but the fritto misto di mare, squash gnocchi, Salmon, Filet Mignon and gelati were excellent. The lamb was awful. It had a strong mutton taste and was under cooked. Skin and fat made it unsavory and impossible to cut. It was over all a good experience.
Very few Italian choices for an Italian restaurant, which was disappointing. Just pasta as the first course. Was told that a new head chef from Australia was hired in March and that he was slowly integrating the menu with more Italian fare. My question is "why was it not Italian before he arrived and what's taking so long to add them?" Service was poor as there was an international contingent on site as staff that night. Our waiter did not appear to speak English and service was slow for drinks, the meal, etc. The waiter did not introduce himself or explain the prix fixed menu selections. Food was very good though.
Yes I know this is a Culinary school, even so the school bills their restaurants a fine dining venues, given that the experience should be very good. On this occasion it was not. The service was very poor, right from the start. To begin, we ordered 3 appetizers, our server only put in for one! So we had to wait for the other two. Next she is removing our appetizers while we are still enjoying them, the plates were half full!! She was so flustered at this error that she asked her supervisor to relieve her. OK, now our new server brings me my soup, no spoon!!!, It took a while to get a waiters attention to get one. The one bright spot, the entrees were good, although there was a long wait between the soup and the entree. Deserts were average.
I would not recommend this restaurant at all.
Don't believe the menu on the website. We expected an authentic Tuscany menu, but found nothing but lamb chops, filet mignon, & salmon listed. While very well prepared, having to settle for non authentic, non regional cuisine was a disappointment. All in all, this experience was not worth the money or my time.
My husband and I traveled to the Hudson River Valley for an autumn trip to view leaves, West Point, the Roosevelt estate, Val-Kill, and tour and dine at the CIA. We dined at the CIA twice, and both times found the food superb and the service a work in progress. We waited and waited for our cocktails, had to request bread, remind the server to bring our dinner wines...that said, the food was lovely!
We were looking forward to a great meal but I think our order was overlooked or a mistake in the kitchen. Main course took way too long to come out. Others seated after us ate and left before ours arrived. The steak dish is tasty but overall the food was pretty bland. I guess they keep a small menu but it wasn't Italian enough for us. The server was nice and attentive as we enjoyed asking a few questions about the school. Sorry for the tone of this review but it was a disappointing experience. The students did work hard in the dining room!
Very disappointing. We didn't realize until too late that this is the first restaurant new students find themselves in. Service was uneven and slow. Food was undercooked (Lamb) and tough, or overcooked (salmon). Desserts were average. The highlight was the coffee and the appetizer.
This was the first time that my husband and I had dinner at this restaurant. We understood that it was staffed by students and were looking forward to the experience. Unfortunately, neither the food nor the service met our expectations. Our waiter was inattentive requiring long intervals between courses and our receipt of the requested check. He was not able to adequately explain the entrees. The food was uneven - the small portion of monkfish was dry and lacked flavor. Hopefully further training will improve this experience for others.
The service was very good. One guest had the 1st and 2nd course mixed up. The steak ordered medium, by another guest, was served rare. This was sent back, but didn't look any different. We found the sauces were very salty. The dessert was very good, and since we had a foodie at our table, she received another dessert.
Overall we enjoyed ourselves, and we would come back.
My daughter and I our lunch very much. It was the second day of the block. The students really did a great job both back of the house and front of the house. The Kale salad was very good and the Chick Pea soup was excellent. We ordered the grilled Salmon and the Poached Halibut. Both equally as good. We also ordered cappuccinos and had the biscotti for dessert. A little disappointed on the biscotti I thought they were a little soft and needed a little more flavor. We will definitely return with more family members.
The service and food prep are by the students and these kids are amazing. Impeccable service, friendly and eager to share their knowledge. Each course was prepared perfectly with great presentation.
My wife had Risotto as her first course and was simply spectacular. My salmon was prepared perfectly.
My only regret was This was our first visit after living in the area for 50 years.
Will be back for sure.
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