I resolve to ... try more new places in 2009, and the first fruit of my leisure was lunch today at Sportello. Nice bright space, about half-full. I sat at the counter and munched on unexciting, but pleasant, white bread (some kind of trattoria tradition?) with a tasty plate of oil, figs, and mascarpone. As an entree I had the ricotta ravioli (brown butter and nutmeg); it was very good, a perfect light lunch. A glass of Verdicchio hit the spot -- isn't drinking at lunch fun?
For dessert I had the excellent pistachio torta with meyer lemon marmalade (and more mascarpone) and a good espresso.
Good service, too. All the courses were delivered and cleared with dispatch. I'll look forward to dinner here, if I can brave nighttime parking near Hoodsie!