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Villa Abate - Rancho Mirage

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Villa Abate - Rancho Mirage

torta basilica | Apr 17, 2006 06:59 PM

Had an early dinner there this weekend (the teens were antsy to get out & do their Spring Break thing, so we had to rush...) It's in the old Massimo's space - very friendly greeting & taken right away to a booth - it was basically empty at 6:30 on a Thurs, but filled up pretty quickly.

I thought the wine list was pretty basic & we had a decent local Pinot Grigio by the glass. Not all that hungry as we're not used to eating that early, but... shared the Spiedini - 3 huge skewers of beef & melting mozzarella - this alone could be an entree! I think $12. I really wanted the baked clams, but hubby said no - think I'll go back & rip through their appetizers next time! Nice amuse bouches of bruschetta & olives brought. Took awhile, but got excellent bread - especially a focaccia (I think) with a crumb topping - had to ask 2x for olive oil for dipping. Nice lemon sorbet presented between courses. Husband changed Scampi Linguini sauce to a true scampi sauce (menu choices are red or white wine/cream/garlic) & it was really really good. I wanted the veal chop, but it was $40, so I tried to be thrifty & order the Vitella Piccatta @ $35 ;-) This was a huge plateful with a delicious risotto, but... the sauce was way too lemony - that was all I could taste & the veal mushy, like a thicker cheaper veal cut - it was tender, but not a good scaloppini texture. I wasn't really impressed, but since we were in a hurry, didn't complain. I realize we did not order the highly touted dishes & all of the menu sounds delicious - we were also under a bit of stress, so I would go back again & try to have a more relaxing dinner...

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