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BruniBetting: Insieme

Tomorrow, Frank Bruni reviews Insieme, Marco Canora and Paul Grieco's Italian restaurant in, as they call it, Midtown (and as we're more familiar with it: Times Square). Today, the Eater oddsmakers have set the action as follows:

Zero Stars: 6-1
One Star: 4-1
Two Stars: 3-1 ??
Three Stars: 5-1
Four Stars: 25,000-1
Let's get the Platt comparison out of the way first. He two-starred it, which, if we're going with a straight conversion to Bruni units, indicates that the Bruni is going to throw it two stars as well. More background data: Canora's CV reveals, of course, that he's got two Amanda Hesser stars at Hearth. Neither of those tidbits really matter today, however. This here review is going to be all about the BruniCurve, for which there is no reliable equation. Tomorrow is A Voce, part two: An excellent chef doing elegant Italian fare in a fairly problematic space. If Bruni is to be consistent, he's going to three star Insieme. There is absolutely no question that this is first rate Italian food, something with which we know Mr. Frank can be seduced. If, however, the Bruni has gotten wiser in the last year -- and we do believe he has -- he's going to be tougher on Insieme than he was almost exactly one year ago at A Voce. So, yessir, it's going to be like that: Eater is taking two stars, but do feel free to roll the dice on three.
· Insieme [NYT; after 8:00 PM]

?? denotes the Eater bet.