Tried List last night in Belltown. Space is very spare, modern, elegant, with red lamps and a somewhat eerie red glow backlighting the large wall mirrors.
The Great --
The gnocchi with truffle oil were divine -- great flavor and wonderful pillowy mouthfeel.
Mushroom soup was also very nice -- great, concentrated mushroom flavor.
The OK --
Salads were nicely done -- basic, classic, well-executed. Meat Lasagna was very nice, very traditional, adorned with a huge basil leaf.
I think Black Bottle has ruined me for broccoli served any other way but blasted, because I wasn't really digging the broccoli/cauliflower dish.
The Bad --
Too freakin' loud. I don't know if it was loud-girls-night-out or what, but as soon as I sat down I wanted to get away from the racket. I had the same problem with Barrio. Maybe I'm getting old.
Poor timing of courses -- we ordered three apiece, and I think Italian meals should proceed in a leisurely way, even in Belltown. So it was a bit disconcerting that all the courses arrived on top of one another, and I felt rushed to clear space at the table. The menu warns that things will appear "as ready", but if they're going to be that abrupt about it, they should invite people to order, eat, order more, eat more, etc.
I might be back to try more, but only when it's quieter.
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