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Cafe Spaggia, Bistro 110, Frontera and Riva this weekend


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Cafe Spaggia, Bistro 110, Frontera and Riva this weekend

llindac | | Nov 5, 2007 12:18 PM

Just got back from a major wine/dine weekend. We take clients for a nice meal and try new places frequently. Bistro 110 was lunch and a second visit for the best onion soup around. Yum! Great service, too. We had Saturday brunch at Frontera and loved it...hubby had the pork tamale special , I had the vegetarian tamale Azteca. Loved all of it, the guacamole was yummy as well. Caramel flan was excellent as well. Loved the atmosphere here.

Our dinner at Cafe Spiaggia was a bit disappointing. 2 appetizers wer good....the mozzarella and the wood roasted ricotta with figs..all fresh homemade style cheeses. However, it 30 minutes for them to arrive and we were already on bottle #2 of wine and out of bread. Entrees were mixed. One diner enjoyed the mushroom ravioli, but I had the daily special ravioli with butternut squash which was bland. The pasta was not so much 'al dente' as it was undercooked and tough. The parmesan sauce was nonexistant and there was not much flavor to the dish. My husband had the sea bass which he usually loves. This was the tiniest piece of fish. It had skin on one side. It was dry and was salty. The accompanying potato puree was bland. Tiramisu was good.

Riva was a surprise. After reading "tourist trap" etc I was skeptical. However, our group of 6 just raved about the dinner! Calimari was gently breaded and tender. A second sauce might have been nice. The thai mussels were fantastic...the broth was good enough to eat as a soup. I don't eat red meat, but the others loved the beef tenderloin stacks on skewers. Entrees pleased everyone from the sole eaters to the Lobster Diavolo and one of the most delicious pieces of marinated ahi tuna I've ever tasted. It came with a side of Asian salad. The only negative was that smoking in the bar carries over to the restaurant. That will end this January, though. Loved Riva's food, service and view. It was a bit loud in there, but that was fine.

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