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Extra Virgin on W4th

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Extra Virgin on W4th

Mark | Apr 14, 2004 10:02 AM

Recently opened and had my first experience last night. On first impression the space is beautiful, sleek modern minimalist but not cold, unfortunately I don’t think that really works for Italian food though...just my opinion.
So i started with a beat, apple, endive salad with goat cheese, which was very good. I would have preferred a different style of cut for the jullianed beats and apples, but overall top quality and very tasty. The Goat cheese was under-fried, barely warm, and I wish it were better quality. Seemed like it was taken from a Sam’s Club freezer. But for a $7 Price point, I wasn’t too upset to pick at the goat cheese and enjoy the rest of the salad.
For a second course I tried the Crabmeat tortellini with a carrot cream sauce, cauliflower, and white raisins. The tortellini was more like crabmeat stuffed Mrs. T's perogies chewy, heavy, and floury and the crabmeat was a bit harsh. The sauce however, was delicious with a hint of curry and a delicate feel. The sauce was not even closely matched to the brutishly heavy "tortellini" and would work better with a delicate ravioli.
Considering they had just opened and they were still working out the kinks, I will definitely try this again. The staff was wonderful and Michelle the co-owner was curious to my comments and offered a desert after I told her what i thought of the tortellini. I passed however with my mind set on banana pudding from Magnolia. It doesn’t seem like it will become a "neighborhoody" place and may not attract the "Hue-like" following it seems to be catering to, but with a few refinements and a daily special for two, I think it could fall somewhere in-between.

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