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Erbaluce: love at first bite


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Erbaluce: love at first bite

teezeetoo | | Jul 23, 2009 06:20 PM

Pretty close to a perfect dining experience tonight at Erbaluce. This is the first time since we went to one of our favorite restaurants in Italy that our celiac friend got fabulous gluten-free pasta, was properly served the wonderful bean dip separate from ours and with gluten-free crackers, and could eat everything pretty much on the menu, with the exception of a few deserts. Second, the service was perfect: attentive, warm, and welcoming and without a blip. Third, our four eaters enjoyed every course and we could do this because the restaurant easily plated our shared appetizer and pasta, leaving us almost enough room for our main dish. Alas, we ran out of steam and only tried one desert among the three of us (it had wheat so the fourth member of our eating team passed). We all loved the simple and perfectly seasoned tomato and zucchini salad, shared the spaghetti chitarra with a pesto as good as I've had in Nice or anywhere else. Mains were rabbit and boar, both winners, with the rabbit among the juiciest presentations we've had and the board served with wonderful rappini. The single, but spectacular desert, was a caramelized orange and chocolate tart that was intense and specific in flavors we loved,. Finally, as a measure of the generosity of the house and the service, we were brought a lovely bit of blue fish with a homemade herbed mayonnaise before our starters, and, for our wheat-free friend. at the end of the meal, chocolate truffles and a plate of fresh gooseberries and red currents. We've had a spate of very nice Italian eating lately, but have decided that this is our "home base" place. Here's bravos to what feels very much like a labor of successful love in both the kitchen and the front of the house.