Restaurants & Bars 39

Bar La Grassa

Latinpig | Feb 14, 2010 08:15 AM

Finally made it there after a couple aborted attemps. I am a believer. I had heard some negative things about their pastas from people whom I really trust but I had more of a Jfood experience. Excellent.

We started with the CRISPY INSALATA SAPOROSO VINAIGRETTE which was an aged balsmaic. I really loved the flavor of this. One of the better starter salads in town. We also had the SEARED SEA SCALLOP, PICKLED TOMATOES with GOAT CHEESE and BEET and AVOCADO with CITRUS. Each was outstanding. There was some sort of pork belly with the scallop that was just an incredible combination. The beet salad had a very distinctive flavor.

I then followed the many recommendations on this board for the next course. SOFT EGGS and LOBSTER, CALAMARATA with RAW TUNA, FUSILLI COL BUCO with PORK SAUSAGE, PAPPARDELLE with VEAL RAGU, and GNOCCHI with CAULIFLOWER and ORANGE. The bruschetta was a home run. Thanks to all that sang its praises. I also loved the pappardelle - my favorite pasta of the night. It just melted in my mouth. I liked the fresh pastas better than the dry pastas. The gnochii was my second favorite and we ordered some more with our main course. The tuna was also outstanding. It had a terrific fresh cilantro and lime flavor. The only noodle I really didn't like was the fusilli. The homemade pork sausage was truely outstanding but the noodle was not great.

For the entree, we ordered the BISTECCA for 4. It was beautiful. a sliced off the bone porterhouse. It reminded me of Peter Lugers a little. Unfortunately, we ordered it medium rare and it came well done. We did not want to wait another 25 minutes so we ordered the Prime NY and some more gnochii which they comped. The NY was nice but probably not as good as the porterhouse.

For dessert we had the crepes since everyone on this board loved them. They were great. We also had the chocolate cake which was nice but did not really stand out.

Just one note about the wine list. Great prices. They had 4 Kistler chardonnays for basically what you would pay for it at the winery. Almost no mark up. There are some bargans to be had. We had a nice young Nebbiolo. It was very warm when they brought it out so I had our server chill it down in aan ice bucket. It made a big difference.

Cannot wait to get back.

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