We had a great meal at Hosteria Da Elio Friday night (615 S 3rd St). I don't normally gush about restaurants, but we were hugely impressed. Every single dish was perfectly prepared, the flavors distinct and light.
For appetizers we had two specials: thinly sliced eggplant layered with marscapone cheese, stacked on a lovely tomato sauce, and polenta with sauted broccoli rabe in garlic, both were absolutely delish! For entrees we had veal canelloni and sauted tilapia filet. The canneloni was perfect, the best I've ever had, the homemade pasta was light and delicate while the filling and accompanying sauce was very rich. The tilapia was also beautifully prepared and very fresh, and not overwhelmed by a light tomato sauce. Our neigbors even offered us a taste of their sweet potato gnocci. Very nice flavor, quite delicate and also a special. All this washed down with a nice (BYO) '99 Chianti Reserva. We were way too full for dessert.
Overall the price for this fabulous dinner was reasonable at $55 before tip; the service was very good too. The only nit was that their list of specials (both appetiser and entree) are extensive and make their regular selection of typical Italian restaurant items look pedestrian (which they are surely not), and you do have to ask for prices for all of the specials -- I can live with that. They had a grilled calamari appetizer that looked wonderful too. Can't wait to go back and try it along with a full serving of whatever gnocci happens to be available.
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