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Amalfi Ristorante - Good (very long)


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Amalfi Ristorante - Good (very long)

sfglutton | Nov 4, 2004 11:53 AM

After someone noticed Amalfi while seeing a show at Room 5 upstairs, I asked about it on Chowhound and got only a couple replies. Four of us decided to try the restaurant last night. Based on the earlier reconnaissance, I made a reservation for a table "by the fireplace." The expressionless hostess initially began leading us to the front room instead, so I gently reminded her of my request. Looking over the podium, I could see "Fireplace" written next to my name. Luckily, she led us to a nice 4-top right next to the fireplace.

On this particular Wednesday, the restaurant was about 1/3 full. The interior is very nice and warm feeling. There are exposed wood beams on the ceiling and earthy tones throughout. Menus and wine list were delivered by our waiter, a gregarious, younger, englishman. As I asked questions about the Italian varietals, he informed me that it was "all grape juice" to him, but he would go ask. Now, it is strange to me to have a waiter that knows nothing about wine, and who brought the complete wrong bottle at first, but he was such a nice guy, we let it slide. The wine was a Chardonnay Cantina Laimburg Trentino, 2002. It was OK.

Next came our apps. First was Carpaccio di Filetto -
Thin-sliced raw filet mignon, arugula, shaved parmigiano, and capers with extra virgin olive oil and lemon. Added to this was a significant amount of mustard. This dish was good, the meat was tender, but seemed overpowered by the mustard. Second was a ravioli with marscapone, sage, and a braised short rib. This was the standout of the evening. We were then informed that there was a delay on the chicken entree and they we could select one more app at no charge! This was a smart move because there was quite a delay, but we were busy eating our Ahi Tartare served on taro root chips with a hint of black truffle. This dish was standard but I really like the taro root taste with the ahi.

Next came the entrees. I was disappointed in the fish selections, which were way different than the online menu, so I went with a Pork Chop with a Quince Puree. This was good. Nice smoky flavor in the pork contrasted by the sweet and cold quince puree. Someone else had a steak (i'm unsure of the prep) and it was good as well. The infamous chicken was very tasty with spinach and cheese wrapped inside and very nicely executed mashed potatoes. The final entree was grilled salmoon over an amazingly rich looking and tasting risotto.

After the entrees, we were a good 2 hours into the meal. So we passed on desserts. This is one of those reports that was tougher to write; nothing was bad and nothing really jumped out at us. The restaurant as well as the comdey place next door and the lounge upstairs are all partly owned by funny man Adam Corolla. With all the great dining choices in LA, it will be a while before I head back. But it was "good."


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