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Dinner at Olives

Cliff | Jan 20, 2002 11:59 AM

Last night three of us went back for the fourth or fifth time. Everything very good -- some excellent. Attentive but not overbearing service. Gigantic mixed drinks (probably the best Margarita I've ever had, including Ciudad Juarez -- drinks are $10). Appetizers included clam chowder, tuna tartare, and pasta with braised pork cheeks. Chowder was smoky, creamy, with various types of clams in their shells -- delicious. The pasta and tuna were rich, and fresh, in that order. Unfortunately, the best appetizer of past visits, Ipswich clams and hot peppers deep fried together, has rotated off the menu. Entrees included black bass, salmon filet wrapped in bacon, and veal saltimbocca. The veal was very good, the salmon and bass likewise. Desserts included a "molten" bitter- chocolate cake (very intense) with ice cream, and a chocolate-banana cake confection that was ok, but not one of the table's favorites. In general I've found the food here to be quite creative, and of very high quality. Portions, except for the chowder, are a good size. Good luck!

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