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Winter 2009 Restaurant Week Reviews

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Winter 2009 Restaurant Week Reviews

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newyorker1 | | Mar 16, 2009 05:12 AM

Figured I'd start things off with a positive review of Rialto last night. Three of us had a very satisfying dinner, exceeding my admittedly low expectations for the evening. (I'd last had dinner at Rialto a couple years ago, non-RW, and was quite disappointed. However, a good bar small plates experience a couple months ago moved me to give them another try...)

For the first course two of us had the mushroom soup with horseradish cream -- good mushroom flavor. I had the spring greens risotto, which was flavorful but a bit oversalted for my taste. The soup won that round. There were several other first course options, including two salads, and an antipasti plate.

For the second course our table had the atlantic mackerel (nicely done on a carrot puree blend), a whole trout (also nicely done) and a grilled sliced flank steak with a small stack of polenta, mozz, and grilled eggplant (the steak was perfectly medium-rare, and just the right level of chewiness and beefy-ness.)

For dessert we had one of each of the three choices -- a chocolate torte (standard but good, not overly sweet), pineapple sorbet with coconut cream (refreshing and light), and orange panna cotta with a slice of orange-almond cake (deceptively light and refreshing with the citrus notes.)

All in all, the dinner was quite good, and we left feeling full but not about to burst.

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