Urban Enoteca's 'Wine Bar' Charges an Arm and a Leg for Even the Most Uninspired Brands

The Latham Hotel's restaurant is lacking in both food and drink.

By Brian Freedman
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 7 | Posted Aug. 29, 2012

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Atmosphere: Pleasant enough, if a bit generic

Food: Uninspired

Service: Friendly and pleasant, if a bit distracted

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1. Epices6 said... on Aug 30, 2012 at 04:04PM

“Excellent review, Brian! While the description of the food at Urban Enoteca will make me stick to beer nuts there, you are also describing the greatest problem for wine drinkers in PA (actually in the US in general, things are not much better from Seattle to New York): insane pricing. Yeah yeah, I know the licenses are expensive (another story) but serving up a line of cheap (and often cheaply made) wines and charging more per glass than the bottle price in the store, is simply unacceptable. Some of that swill should permanently be sold for $5 or under, while better wines could be $8 or $9 (not the $14-$18 often charged). How can a decent wine culture develop with prices like that, especially given the rotten price/quality ratio.
Now on their website, Urban Enoteca lists a long list of Northwest wineries that make well-made and very good wines (bubblies by Treveri, wines by Anam Cara, Helioterra, and other reputable small producers). If their price is right, I'll be there.”

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2. crackerjack said... on Sep 9, 2012 at 07:46AM

“This article makes no sense, not for someone who is supposedly in the restaurant trade, or at least supposed to understand it. The markups at this restaurant are typical for any establishment. It may be a bad wine list, but this review is full of cheap shots.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Sep 16, 2012 at 02:52PM

“I love it when people are held accountable. Good work Brian. This place seems pretty clueless about what it's customers may know.”

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4. Alex Smith said... on Dec 3, 2013 at 06:31AM

“The wine bar concept that is discussed in the heading is the one that lured my interest and with the help of this one can easily understand about this concept.

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5. Edwards Collins said... on Jan 3, 2014 at 06:14AM

“Informative post on the wine bars! I am not exactly understand how to reach for this blog post that says for the uninspired brands.

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6. ParkerSmith said... on Jan 7, 2014 at 06:35AM

“Reading the head I haven’t got to know details about the wine bar, as wine bar is the main keyword that grabbed by attention.

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7. Raymond Smith said... on Jan 9, 2014 at 02:56AM

“For the brands it is important o get publicized and with the help of these wine bars concept I think one will get inspiration.

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