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laiola report

unspuncapricorn | | Jul 26, 2007 09:59 AM

Dropped into this new spot in the Marina last night with two friends. They do not take reservations, so we showed up early (5:30). There were definitely seats to be had throughout our stay there, but I don't know if this will remain the case, because this place is great!

They are still waiting on their beer & wine license, but you can go around the corner and get a bottle at Nectar for 10% off and they'll pour it for you at the table. Or, use it as an excuse to bring something special from your own wine rack at home. We did both.

All the tables are high tops which I don't mind, but it is a bit unusual. The only bathroom is practically in the kitchen itself which could be a problem as they get busier. The wait staff is casual, but very helpful and friendly. The menu is mostly tapas, I'd say about 15 choices, plus 4 types of charcuterie, 4 larger plates and three desserts.

On to the food---VERY delicious! Best was medjool dates stuffed with chorizo and wrapped in bacon, served on a wooden skewer. The minute we finished them, and practically still chewing, ordered a second skewer. Also amazing, peaches "a la plancha". Perfectly ripe and flavorful wedges of peach wrapped in jamon and grilled served alongside a tasty, generous pile of tiny arugula. Ordered a second plate of that too. The wild boar salami on the charcuterie plate was awesome, but the other three meats were also delicious. The only misstep was too much dressing on the little gems salad. We had another four tapas plates and then my friends shared a goat's milk cheesecake surrounded by sliced nectarines and topped with crushed pistachios. They ate it in about two minutes.

We all left very happy. Laiola is on Chestnut & Fillmore. Go there soon--this place is going to get crazy busy for sure.

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