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Tinto Revisited

George Lynch | Mar 12, 2001 12:57 PM

My wife and I had dinner Friday night at Tinto as the guests of Ben Wein and his wife, Jane. Ben, it should be noted, is a partner in Tinto. Despite the implied bias , I decided to post this anyway because of how impressed we were with everything on Friday. I recognize that being at table with an owner offers privileges that other diners might not receive, but our take on Friday night was that everyone was having a great time. And the place was full.

There are several things about Tinto that I think deserve mention that have nothing to do with knowing the owner, and that is another reason for this posting.

The first of these things is how handsome and how comfortable the place is. They have a lot of floor space and the tables are well-spaced as a result. There is a comfort factor here that really appeals to my wife and me. The decor is dominated by wood, which I think is very appealing.

Another really positive element is their wine list, with a very large selection of Spanish wines. The waiter (more about him in a moment) is very eager to suggest Spanish wines, especially reds other than Riojas (although he does say nice things about the Riojas as well). And they offer a number of the Spanish wines by the glass.

The aforementioned waiter is from Pamplona and speaks with a heavy Spanish accent, but he dominates the place. He's been there on each of our visits, so I can't imagine the place without him. It's hard to believe he's not an owner himself, given the obvious joy he takes in talking about the foods and wines. The only downside is that it's hard to keep up with him, given the pronounced accent. But he adds real zest to the whole dining experience there, IMHO.

And I will say again that the food is quite good, and reasonable in cost, to boot. This has been our opinion on each of our visits (four in total, the last being with Ben and his wife, neither of whom we had met before last Friday).

So, while we enjoyed our meal with Ben and his wife, Jane, we also enjoyed the whole restaurant experience on another level. And I thought it worthwhile to post.

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