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Jo | Aug 29, 2004 10:39 AM

Last evening we went with a group of six to Ava. In short it was just "ok" not great. As we entered the restaurant we noted the nice ambiance and comfortable seating.

After we were seated the server came over and opened the wine. They served bowls of olives, dipping oil, butter and bread. The bread was ordinary, everything else was very good.

For apps, we had mozzerella wrapped in proscuitto, served warm (well lukewarm), tomatoes and mozzerella excellent), three cheese rissoto (good but very rich) and mussels (served after the rest of us finished our apps).

For entrees most had the veal scallopini which they seemed to enjoy. It was served with mashed parsnips mixed with cheese which was a nice change from msshed potatoes. I had the lamb chops.($22) Three of the tiniest chops I have ever seen. They must have come from a runt. They were three ribs from a small rack of lamb. As they were placing them on the table I immediately sent them back because it was obvious they were practically raw not med rare as ordered. The three bites I had were very good.

For dessert one (the lucky one) had the creme brulee trio. Chocolate, lavender and grand marnier, excellent! The rest of us had the homemade ice cream. This had to be the worst ice cream I have ever tasted. I had the hazelnut. It had very little flavor and was very icy. I didn't even finish the small portion. My husband had the chocolate which he also disliked.

The cost was $80 per couple with everyone having three courses.
All in all I would not recommed this restaurant Some things were excellent but there were too many disappointments.

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