Last night four of us tried Bar Stuzzichini. We started with two mezze platters (5 tasters per platter). The octopus was extremely tender, and a definite stand out - fantastic. The fried artichokes were delicious too. The meat balls, sardine ceviche, buffalo mozzarela, sopressato and egg plant were all tasty.
We then followed this up with two pastas betwee the four of us. The fresh pea one was great, but the real winner of the evening was a pistachio and lemon tagliateli. It was unique, and it worked.
This was followed by two portions of their lamb chop special which we all loved. Our friends thought they were better than the lamb chops at Bella Vitae. I think the jury is out on this, but they were really good nonetheless.
Deserts (olive oil cake, home made ice creams, and capri cake) were high quality.
The meal, plus wine and tip was $130 per couple - very reasonable given the quality of the meal. We spent almost three hours enjoying the food and ambiance. Well worth trying out. My favorites remain A Voce and Bella Vitae, but this was a great meal in a relaxed, quiet setting, with service which was well paced and knowledgable.
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