Thanks to Chris VR for pointing out the amazing deal that happened last nite, 6 courses WITH matching Mionetto prosecco for just $35. I've got the menu here so I can be exact but overall, a very enjoyable experience. We had to wait a bit to actually get into the restaurant where they had glasses of Frizzante at that bar and passed bruschetta and amazing stuffed/fried olives. The highlight of the bruschetta was one with gorgonzola and fig. Then people were seated for the first course of pasta w/ cipollini onions, clams and pancetta. Very tasty but on the luke warm side. Understandable when you're serving an entire room of diners at once but not a problem the rest of the nite. Next was thin sliced prosciutto w/ a few greens and grapes (we were three very bad Catholics last nite). This was served with Mionetto rose which was pretty pink but way drier than you'd think.
The first of the more main courses was the crisp sand dabs (Azure is the only restaurant I've ever seen serve sand dabs, a mild white fish) w/ wonderful fried onion strings. Then more pork products: a tenderloin served with barlotti beans and couple slices of potato. It was kind of smokey and I wasn't into the beans, it reminded me of my rabbit cassoulet the nite before. Last was pistachio financier w/ kumquats and blood oranges w/ sabayon sauce. Very nice, served with the sweet Moscato.
Portions were surprisingly full sized and they didn't skimp on the wine. Talk about bang for the buck. Servers were on top of refilling water and dealing with all the silverware. The woman from Mionetto talked a couple times and stopped by tables but was good about feeling how much or little you wanted to get into the wines. It was fun checking this out since I'll be where they make this stuff in a mere 5 weeks. I still like that room, esp. with the lounge addition (which was cleared away for last nite's event). All in all, a nice way to spend 3 hours. And I'll have to walk about 3 hours to try to offset my last two nite's diners.
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