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Postino in Lafayette (long)

Han Lukito | Jun 17, 2002 01:58 PM

Five members of our family celebrated Father's day at Postino last night. I am still a novice at Italian food but I will share what I found. Maybe some of you can tell me if their version is as good as it can be.
The breads were acceptable I think. Crunchy crusts and soft inside.

Now on to the dishes:

Bella Luna: looks like stuffed pizza filled with cheese and ground beef. Nice crust and flavor.

Fritti: deep fried calamari with a nice dipping sauce.
I tasted a bit of greasiness. It's still quite good.

Caesar: fresh, crunchy green romaine with just the right amount of dressing. Very simple and good.

Bruschetta: the grilled smoky aroma and taste is very noticeable. Nice mozarella and veggie toppoings.

Risotto: good flavor of risotto. Plenty of clams and shrimps.

Tonno: the tuna is seared nicely. I think the crust can be made more flavorful with more seasonings. A bit bland I think.

Fettucine: my wife claimed she likes it and the best version she had. Again, I think it's a bit on the bland side. Maybe because my dish(rabbit) had overwhelmed my taste buds. Good artichoke.

Garganelli: the rabbit is cooked in a black coloured sauce based on what I think is yellow bean ingredient (tauco in Indonesian). Good flavor and large servings. The rolled pasta also complimented the dish nicely.

Special (Halibut fish ?): I really think it lacks flavor here. Maybe because I'm used to the oriental cooking where spices dominated the dish.

Desserts: the manager is very nice to give us a complementary dessert which includes four of the house top selection. Tiramisu is very good. Two small scoops of sorbets has excellent creamy texture. The special dolci of what looked like alternating layers of sticky chocolate cake and coconut shreds is not exactly my fave. The bombolini has a nice pastry but again a bit too sweet for my taste.

The restaurant has a good rustic decor for sure. They were also nice to change our table to a better one. Our waiter was a superb salesman. He could sell us just about anything - just be careful and do your research beforehand. One of my disappointment was not able to find some of the great dishes mentioned by previous chowhound visit - like the seared foie gras for example. But the manager consoled us with a great complimentary dessert. Overall, it was a good experience for sure. Prices are reasonable. Service was competent and acceptable. I rate it 7.5 out of 10.

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