Went to A Voce last night. The room is a little loud for me but pleasant enough. We started by looking at the wine list. I know Bruni was impressed with the variety of wines at A Voce but it seemed very expensive to me and only features bottles from Italy, France, and California. I have no problem with places like Babbo who have exclusively Italian wines but carry bottles in all price ranges (and all so very yummy!). This list is very expensive with few reds under $50. We told the waiter our price range and he said "There might be some cheap Burgundys in there, you'll have to look. You could do California for about $50 but California wines all taste the same." It just seemed odd.
As for the food, we started with the duck meatballs which were good but a little sweet (as others have noted on this board.) It reminded me of the Italian version of the Swedish meatballs we've all had at parties. Pretty good but not remarkable. We also had the Contorni of mushrooms. Very good. Several different types of sauteed wild mushrooms with some crunchy pieces of bread also cooked in the oil. Papardelle with lamb ragu, good but a little sweet. The pasta was cooked perfectly though. We also had the spaghetti with ramps. This was good but seemed to be a waste of a GREAT ingrediant. The pasta was again cooked very nicely but the sauce had far to rich a cream taste to it. Cream is of course delicious but I felt like the ramps were lost in the mix.
We finished with the homeade donuts which were amazing. Warm and filled with cofee flavored cream and another filled with lemon maybe. I can't remember exactly but they were wonderful.
Total with a $60 cabernet from Sonoma, food, tax and tip, was $180. Maybe I'm being cheap but I think restaurants should carry wines in the $30 or $40 range as well. If not French or Italian, maybe through in a Malbec or something awesome and affordable from South Africa. Just my two cents.
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