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Trattoria 225 review


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Trattoria 225 review

hoppy2468 | | Jul 9, 2007 07:05 AM

Very nice when you walk in. Plenty of room, no huddling around the reservation desk. The restaurant is really two halves with some tables and the bar on one side and the open kitchen and tables on the other. Exposed brick, wood floors. duct-work ceiling. Not the loudest place I've been but the potential is there. It helps that the tables aren't very close together. Actually think they could put in a couple more.

The wine list is very nice, not huge but about 40 wines with half of those by the glass which you can get as 3 or 6 oz. pours. A wonderful option. Really good beer options also.

The menu is not extensive. We started with a selection of olives($4) Then bruchetta. Three options there, Had the white bean and red pepper and the mushroom and balsalmic. $2 each. Very good. Beet salad was next(maybe $5). Good but too much lemon. Entree was brought out when I was halfway through the salad....BAD, VERY BAD(otherwise the spacing was good). The one positive was that they brought us the right entree's(more on this later). I had the Barramundi(listed on the menu as the sustainable fish of the month $17).It was good but the portion was pretty small. My wife had the penne pasta( I think $14) which had pepperoni and a tasty fennel sausage. Delicious, couldn't keep my fork away. Sorbetti for desert. Mango for me, lemon with berries for her. Very good. They have a wide selection of pizzas on the menu which must be popular based on the number of them that we saw leave the kitchen. Finished with a shot of lemoncello(house made). Not on the menu, you have to ask. Got coffee also. Total bill was $98 which included 5 glasses of wine.

Staff was enthusiastic and helpful.

The bad news. Get rid of the brown paper on top of the white tablecloths.

8pm and they were out of the Ravioli of the day. At Eight O'clock??? On a Saturday night!!

Lastly, it was like Keystone Kops in there. I know that they have been open only a couple of weeks but I have never seen waiters take that much food to that many wrong tables(including ours). It was downright comical.

As I alluded to earlier, the menu isn't extensive. 4-5 choices for salads, pastas and entrees. For the most part, everything was very good and we will go back. They just need to work on a few issues.

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