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RW Eclano - Nicely Done

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RW Eclano - Nicely Done

Rubee | | Aug 22, 2006 09:04 PM

I've been wanting to check out Eclano since Limster's post put it on my radar a while ago, and we decided to head over to the North End last night since it was so nice out. We were greeted by the friendly owner, Caterina, and made to feel instantly welcomed. We were seated at a nice table by the window, and she suggested a Gavi that wasn't on the wine list, but was just what we were looking for. A nice touch - she brought each of us a glass to taste, and when we approved, she returned with two new glasses and the bottle, and later when we had a second, again brought two new wine glasses. I really appreciated that attention to detail. Slices of warm focaccia were brought out with a spicy eggplant spread. The RW menu they are doing is great - all are dishes from the current menu. I'm not a dessert person and I REALLY liked that the three-course options consisted of a choice from appetizers, pasta, and secondi (though they would switch one out for dessert if you wanted). We started with the spicy tuna tartar - fresh tuna with a nice heat to it - and the semolina gnocchi - a single large creamy gnocchi surrounded by a pool of tasty marinara (there are pictures of both at the link below). All the pastas are made in-house, and E opted for the papardelle with smoked-tomato bolognese while I had the Scialatelli with clams - thick chewy strands of pasta tossed with garlic, tomatoes, and white wine, and garnished with sweet manila clams in their shells. E had the pork tenderloin - cooked perfectly, pink and juicy, served with fresh figs and grilled baby zucchini and carrots. I had the fish of the day - last night it was a delicious wild salmon in a sesame seed crust with a citrus sauce. By the time we left at about 8:15, Eclano was pretty full. I thought they did a great job with RW -lots of choices and generous portions; in fact, it's the first time I've ever brought home left-overs! They are also extending the RW menu until the end of the month - it's a great deal, and we'll definitely be back to Eclano sometime to try their regular menu.

RW MENU:

ANTIPASTO
Semolina Gnocchi with tomato, basil, and crispy Parmigiano
Spicy tuna tartare, citrus dressing and potato crocante
Spinach salad with toasted hazelnuts, goat cheese and a warm pancetta dressing
Fresh imported buffala mozzarella and vine ripe tomatoes drizzled with basil oil

PASTA
Ciro’s handmade Scialatelli, manilla clams, roasted tomatoes, fresh parsley and white wine
Porcini gnocchi, fresh asparagus and gorgonzola
Hand cut Pappardelle with a house smoked tomato Bolognese ragu
Rigatoni gigante with fresh tomato and basil

SECONDI
Pan seared chicken breast with lemon and rosemary
Fish preparation changes on a daily basis
Charred rack of lamb with parsley crust and a herbed butter glaze
Pork tenderloin seared and served with fig reduction

ECLANO INFO: http://www.restreview.com/rest_detail...

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