6 of us went to trio over the weekend, and it was really amazing. we decided to bust the bank and had the 20 course tasting for $175. It took about 5 hours, but never seemed slow. the food ranged from sublime (black truffle dumpling things over poached trout) to the quirky ("pizza" smaller and lighter than a postage stamp that filled the entire mouth with flavor). black truffles were definitely the flavor theme, included in about half the courses. i learned the difference between a foam (gas added by a whip cream type cannister) and a froth (hand beaten).
trio does allow you to bring a bottle of wine for a $20 corkage, but only one per table. i was very impressed with the wine list. it had the best selection of relatively inexpensive (under$50) wines that i have ever seen in a place of that caliber. we ordered 4, at an average of $45/bottle. it definitely saved money compared to the paired wines, and the waiter had no problem at all with us doing it, and was very helpful with the choices, making no effort to guide us to more expensive wines. with the bottle i brought, it was plenty.
overall, a great experience. the 6 of us are going to tru in two weeks, so it will make an interesting comparison. then back to burritos for the rest of the year. -Will
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