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Dino's on Connecticut Avenue

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Dino's on Connecticut Avenue

Jim Zurer | Jul 29, 2005 06:09 PM

We had dinner at Dino's last night....we had been there for one of the nights of the "soft" opening--sort of a dress rehearsal and things have improved dramatically. We enjoyed our meal very much....I was especially pleased with the branzino (a very large whole grilled fish) that was cooked perfectly and had a lot of flavor. We also liked our unconventional fiori di zucca--with what appeared to be a panko type crust, not the traditional almost tempura like batter we find in Italy.

The ravioli were good....the butter sauce was very tasty...but we found the filling a little sweet. The ravioli were served with baby zucchini and they benefitted from the butter and sage sauce. The saltimbocca (Venetian meatballs) were much coarser than most Italian polpette....less bread and milk mixed in....but the tomato sauce was light, bright and fresh.

The only real misfire were the soft-shell crabs...very small and not too meaty and sauteed with a somewhat unpleasant charred taste. The fingerling potatoes that accompanied the crabs were very tasty however.

Desserts were fine....a limoncello tiramisu that Diana (who is not a tiramisu fan) enjoyed and a not too chocolately chocolate panna cotta that I a panna cotta fan) thought was very nice.

We enjoyed the wines....a terrific prosecco to start and two eight ounce portions of white wine...a Soave and a Plozner.

Service was friendly and mostly prompt. We look forward to our next meal there

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