I went with my wife for dinner at Oliveto's. First off, the service was less than par, not what I would expect at a high end establishment. We started off with Garden Lettuces Vinaigrette and Young Carrots with Mint. The lettuce and dressing were fine, no complaints here. I really enjoyed the carrots. They were soft and sweet with a nice mint flavor that blended perfectly. Based on this, I couldn't wait for the pasta dishes. I had the Saffron fettuccine with Smoked Atlantic Cod and Fennel and my wife had the Herb pappardelle with Braised Hoffman
Farm Hen (which I also sampled). Although the ingredients and flavors were excellent, I was very disappointed. Both plates tasted like entrees that should have been served with potatoes and vegetables. The hen and reduction sauce would have gone well with roasted potatoes. I would have enjoyed the smoked cod with mashed potatoes. It was as though two different dishes had been thrown together, the entree and the pasta. It didn't sit well with me. I liked one of the desserts much better. We tried both the Amaretto panna cotta with House-Brandied Sour Cherries and the Bittersweet Chocolate Cake. I loved the former. The sour cherries were out of this world and the panna cotta tasted fresh and really cleansed my palate. I could have done without the cake, however. It was too dry. Overall, I wasn't wowed by Oliveto's like I had expected I would be. Is my palate not sophisticated or is Oliveto's overrated?