It's time for another edition of Adventures in Shilling, in which we fight shilling the best way we can, by shaming tasteless, unscrupulous shills into submission. Well, that's the plan, at least. Fight shills yourself by dropping offensive links to email@example.com.
Spotting shillers and taking them down so you don't have to, today we set our sights on Roberta's, Allegretti and Jo's.
An especially well informed Roberta's fan sounds off following its recent $25 and Under review:
"Roberta's not only features delightfully unusual pizzas, it also showcases the cuisine of Chef Carlo Mirarchi. Taking what might be considered simple ingredients, Chef Mirarchi creates masterful presentations which both soothe and excite the palate. Particularly delicious are menu items featuring the house-cured pancetta. Another favorite is Chef Morarchi's inspired slow-cooked lamb breast. The efforts taken to scour Hudson Valley farms for the best meat and seasonal produce is evident in every bite. Roberta's now also pairs the chef's creations with appropriate wine and beer offerings. A terrific place to dine and the terrace is fabulous in summer."
Shill Probability: 97%
In a bold shilling move, an Allegretti supporter sends some serious shilling directly to the tipline:
"I stopped by Allegretti the other night and noticed that their prix-fixe has changed to $39, it used to be more expensive. Some girlfriends and I went in and had a fantastic 3 course meal that gave a choice of gnocchi with cauliflower, warm asparagus, roasted salmon and lamb shoulder. For dessert the strawberry tart was so good. It apparently changes daily. Also, something looked different in the dining room. When I asked our server about it he told me that they took the table cloths off the tables and added a few tables in the bar area. It looks fantastic!"
Shill Probability: 90%
A suspiciously positive Jo's patron praises everything from the decor to the cocktails in the Eater comments:
"I was there last night...and not only is the decor fabulous but the food is amazing! The cocktails were uniquely concocted and tasted great! The french toast fois gras is a must have as well as the pork shank! I can't wait to go back and try the rest of the menu."
Shill Probability: 82%