Had lunch there today with my wife. We walked in on a whim after shopping/rubbernecking at the market. Started off with the house Chianti and a pinot noir. Solid choices but a tad pricey at $8 each. I quickly ordered a bottle of Vino Nobile Montepulchiano (all spelling mistakes are my own)for $51.
We kicked off the meal with a shared order of grilled octopus. The seafood was fresh. The grilling was expertly done: ever-so-slightly crisp/charred on the outside and wonderfully tender and sweet on the inside. This was superb. Easily the equal of what we enjoyed at Babbo a few weeks ago. At $14 it was a steal.
At a French restaurant, it's fun to test the kitchen with an order of liver cooked rare. I like to gauge an Italian resturant by their risotto. Roberto's seafood risotto (daily special) passed the test with flying colors. Manila clams, scallops, shrimp and rock shrimp supported the wonderfully creamy rice. Small pieces of a sweet squash provided textural balance. At $26, this shared dish was worth every penney.
Veal with sausage, mushrooms and Fontina cheese was our shared secondo. Given the ingredients, this was a surprisingly light course. I wish my local butcher could get veal this flavorful. The dish was $21.
Deb and I finished our two-hour lunch with espresso. We were pleasantly full and satisfied with both service and ambience. Tab came to $128. Tax was $10. I tipped 20 percent. We'll be back.
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