Over the weekend the Grubs intensified their search for a location for the son of a Grubs wedding rehearsal dinner next month.
Pastina on Thursday nite proved problematic. Arrived about 6:45 for a 7:30 res to enjoy a cocktail or 2 at the bar. Unfortunately, there is no bar. So asked to be seated, which we were. Ordered nice bottle of chianti riserva from adequate & fairly reasonably priced wine list.
Told waiter that because we were early (& the rest. was pretty much empty save for the elderly early birders), wed like a leisurely meal with our starters served consecutively. Starters were brought at same time. Bresaola exceptionally flavorful; fried goat cheese cakes wonderful.
Then came the fatal miscue. Appears a busboy armed with our main dishes while Signora Gruba is still savoring her bresaola. Cardinal sin in Signora-land. Particularly since we had specifically asked for leisurely service &, again, the place by this time was still no more than 1/3 full. Needless to say he was shooed away & La Signora tried to continue to enjoy her chow.
Don Grubleones bone-in veal chop special was terrific. Perfectly cooked & sparklingly seasoned. La Signoras less so. Gnocchi on the rubbery side of tenderness in a simple but perfectly balanced pomodoro sauce.
Desserts a disappointment. "No macadamia nut tart--tiramisu." "No berry cheesecake--tiramisu." So skipped dessert. Waiter thoughtfully comped La Grubas tepid cappucino.
Table next to ours along the banquette experienced problems also. 1st group of 4 apparently ordered from the luncheon menu they were given & were charged from the dinner menu. Not happy. Woman of 2nd couple served wrong entrée. As a result, her companion was finished with his tho he tried to eat slowly before the dish she ordered was brought to her. Not happy.
So, the food was certainly good enuf for the Grubs to give Pastina a repechage, but no rehearsal dinner.
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