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CHESTNUT and SAVOIA

Fleur | May 30, 2006 11:27 PM

After all the great rex on this board, we finally got to CHESTNUT and SAVOIA. We chose SAVOIA over QUERCY because QUERCY at 8pm on Friday night was totally empty, not a good sign.

I don't know how we have avoided CHESTNUT all this time, because it is excellent. The three course prix fixe on Tuesday and Wednesday is a steal at $25 .
Every dish on the menu is included in the prix fixe.

We started out with a tray of wonderful home made foccacia and whole grain bread with a flavorful full bodied olive oil, and some home made pickles. For starters, Haystack Shrimp, six fresh jumbo shrimp wrapped in crispy shredded dough were deliciously sweet, accented by a cilantro pesto dipping sauce The Brandade, a thick unctious spread of salt cod, mashed potatoes, herbs, and olive oil was served with an enormous croustade, beautifully toasted.

The main dishes were Dorade stuffed with fresh vegetable and an olive basil pesto on top was fresh and excellent. The stuffed pork chop, stuffed with sweet and sour figs in a balsamic glaze with white corn polenta was outstanding. The portions were enormous.

Desserts were unusual , carefully prepared and delicious. The chocolate budino, a deep dark no flour chocolate cake served warm with a light caramel sauce and a freshly baked tuile was a chocolate lover's dream come true. The Rice Pudding Torta with Apricots was delicious, with a thin crackle sugar glaze on top surrounded by a syrup of fragrant green tea.It was served with a freshly baked pistachio tuile.

The coffee, prepared French style , was excellent.

SAVOIA was a lively, fun spot. We enjoyed the decor and ambiance, which is reminiscent of Lugano. Excellent salads and bruschetti as starters. Really good chicken breast with broccoli rabe and pizzas were our main courses. The desserts were good, nothing special. The prices reasonable.

We plan to return to both places again and again.

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