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Roberto's

erica | Apr 13, 2005 12:18 PM

Last night we paid our first visit to the new Roberto's. Came away very very impressed. We limited our choices to the specials listed on the blackboard and sought the help of Roberto's sister in choosing what to order. I started with grilled octopus, served with white beans and a tomato onion salad. A good-sized medium octopus, nicely charred...very good. The other starter was one of the best appetizers I can recall: scamorza cheese with roasted red peppers, black olives and baby spinach. All I can say is WOW!! Such simple ingredients and such a terrific result...all cheesy and crusty..wish I could duplicate this at home. Heeding the advice of the sister, we split one pasta, the radiatore with cherry tomatoes and pecorino served in aluminum foil "cartouche" (sp?) Again, total simplicity with a perfect blending of flavors. She told us they make all their own pasta in house. For main we shared veal with speck, Fontina and asparagus. Did not have the wow factor of the first two, in my opinion, but it certainly was perfectly executed. So there it is, another rave for Roberto's. One drawback might be that the place is VERY noisy and, of course, they do not take reservations which can be problematic, to say the least. Those are drawbacks I can deal with anytime!! By the way, they have a private room. Our dinner, for two, with half carafe of house Montepulciano de Abruzzo, and tip, came to $100.00.

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