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Rialto - just okay

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Rialto - just okay

Jujubee | May 21, 2003 02:56 PM

We had dinner at Rialto a couple of weeks ago and, given the price category it competes in, I was completely underwhelmed. Nothing was bad, but nothing was great.

I started with the tuna tartare appetizer - a solid preparation. Fresh tuna, nicely seasoned creamy sauce, with very thin cucumber slices, wispy greens, and fish roe for pleasant contrast. Tasty and well done, but very similar to what I've had at other restaurants.

For the entree I ordered the duck, which I've read lots of good things about. Maybe my expectations were too high, but it was completely... eh. Not super flavorful, ordinary texture. It came with a couple small fingerling potatoes, a few bits of braised greens, and some green olives. None of those particularly stood out in my mind either, except I do remember thinking the olives contrasted a little too much.

I had some sort of layered neapolitan semi-freddo concoction for dessert. I've never had semi-freddo before, so I can't really say how it compares to what it's normally like, but again I found it sort of blah. It wasn't particularly creamy, it wasn't particularly flavorful, just cold and mildly sweet. It was served with these little chocolate-ly puffs (chocolate-hazelnut in phyllo maybe? my memory is starting to fade), which I liked better than the semi-freddo.

My favorite part of the meal was actually this little button sized chocolate cakey cookie they served with the bill. Simple, not too rich or sweet, but with a good chocolate flavor - well executed.

The bill for 2 (I didn't have any alcohol, though my fiancee may have had a glass of wine - I don't recall) was about $140. In my opinion, for that kind of money there are many other restaurants in this city that are better choices.

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