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Lunetta on Smith

ChowDiva | | Oct 16, 2006 02:53 PM

Checked out this place last night and my impression is that this place will end up being a nice addition to the neighborhood. The restaurant was relatively crowded, and I thought the tables were a bit tight. We opted to sit at the kitchen bar, where we had a great view of the chefs doing their thing. We started with a bottle of chianti, but the wine list had a variety of options. For appetizers we tried the mushroom bruschetta and the cauliflower. I thought both small starters were really good, but the mushrooms on the bruschetta were not warm (as I think they were intended to be) because the food sat in the window for a while before the waiter brought it over to us. We had the same problem with the entrees. We ordered the beef dish as well as the musseles. The beef was cooked perfectly, with a nice mushroom accompaniment, though again cold because it sat in the window. I'm not sure why the chefs didn't pass the dishes over to us directly since we were sitting right there. It would have made sense seeing that the place was crowded and the waitstaff was allowing food to linger in the window. I was not crazy about the broth the mussels were in. It tasted vaguely of chicken stock, though the chef assured me they prepared the broth with clam juice. Regardless, I couldn't help but think it tasted a bit like Campbell's soup from the can. The mussels were nice and plump and had the broth been different, they would have be very good.
We ended the meal with a trio of gelato: marscapone, toasted almond & chocolate hazelnut. All very rich and very delicious.
Overall the bill came to about $90 with tip. Not that expensive and I will certainly think of going back. The pastas looked really good coming out. I imagine the staff just needs some time to find their groove.