I've never been to Via Matta before so I have no idea how the lunch we got compares to the regular fare.
We sat on the patio and were greeted by a very nice, if maybe slightly too earnest, waiter. Great chewy tuscan bread with a lemony green olive oil perked up the taste-buds and they offered a RW wine by the glass for $5 (we got two different glasses that we fancied more). The lunch menu offered a choice of pappa al pomodoro (tuscan bread and tomato soup) or a summer squash, roasted pepper, olive and ricotta salad to start. The salad was the better of the choices, lively fresh simple flavors. Secondi was a choice of swordfish over eggplant caponata or fresh pasta with amatricana sauce. We both chose the pasta and it was good, not great. The sauce was a little too tomatoey for my taste but had a nice rosemary counterpoint to the sweetness of the carmelized onions. Dessert was a delightfully creamy panna cotta with roasted peaches and pistachios. I'm not a dessert fan, but this was swoon-worthy.
In all, a decent meal. It wasn't spectacular, but I don't think they cheaped out on Restaurant Week, and the setting and service was certainly top-notch. With the bill, they presented us with a gift certificate for $10 off dinner in the Enoteca, and included the delicious-looking bar menu. I thought that was a nice touch and whereas I was not sure I'd go back again before they gave the "gift", I'll definitely check out the bar now.
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