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La Maschera (brief review)

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La Maschera (brief review)

Macy U. | Jan 3, 2006 12:38 PM

Tried out this new Old Town italian place last week for my cousin’s birthday. I didn’t really have any expectations going in since it’s a new restaurant that just opened up a few weeks ago. The restaurant is decked out in dark wood, mirrors and candles throughout and I can imagine it being a bit romantic if I went with the right person. Service was very friendly, but slow.

White Bean spread that they brought out for the bread was a first for me and very good! For appetizer, the grilled eggplant stuffed with pesto goat cheese was wonderful – soft creamy goat cheese with just a hint of pesto. My pasta dish of Linguini with Hawaiian Shrimp, Calamari and Mussels in garlic white wine sauce was very good – not too salty or too fishy, and seafood was fresh. My brother ordered the Pear Gorgonzola Ravioli in Bechamel Sauce that was the pasta special of the night and was a bit too heavy for my liking but he finished it all off. Other dishes ordered were generally well-liked except for the Chicken Rigatoni (determined boring). No dessert was ordered because we were stuffed but I did find it VERY odd that the ONLY dessert they had that night was Tiramisu.

Wine List had a lot of interesting bottles on it that weren’t outrageously priced.

In all, reasonable prices (pastas and entrees <$20) of large portions of decent Italian/Mediterranean food. Menu was a bit on the boring side, but I’d probably choose to go back here over places like Mi Piace next time I’m dragged out for Italian in Old Town! Or, at the very least, I’d go again for drinks and apps at the bar.

La Maschera
@ Fair Oaks and Union Street
82 N Fair Oaks Ave
(626) 304-0004

Link: http://www.lamascheraristorante.com/m...

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