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Zucca Downtown – Review

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Zucca Downtown – Review

tarabell | Nov 1, 2005 04:47 PM

Husband and I were at Disney Hall last night for a Halloween organ recital and decided to give Zucca’s another try as we heard you can BYO now.

So armed with a nice Chianti (this wine will be forever cursed by that movie) we settled down in one of their booths and got down to business. I ordered their pizzetta appetizer and husband had the insalata mista. Mine turned out to be basically two quite luscious slices of pizza topped with mounds of goat cheese, some roasted pumpkin, and lots of sliced prosciutto ham, with a couple handfuls of salad greens on the side. It was very good and I would have considered this a fine lunch by itself. And since you get two slices it would have been perfect to split, but I didn’t know that in advance.

The green salad my husband got was basically that, but it was also huge and would have been really better to share. Mr. Curmudgeon always suspects these green salads these fancy restaurants serve really come right out of a Trader Joe’s bag, and I have to say it was very similar, just with a few extra ingredients—-like tomatoes, etc. But he also said at least it’s a good thing he LIKES TJ’s salads, otherwise he’d have been disappointed.

We were so full after his salad and my appetizer that we decided to just split a lamb entrée. The plate came with 5 quarter-inch thick slices, and was rosy-medium but was quite tough to chew. It also had 3 stalks of asparagus and a couple tomatoes (both rather tasteless). We were actually glad neither one of us had to eat the whole thing.

Bill came to $48 before tax/tip. No corkage. My suggestion for the best value is to bring your own wine, and split everything, especially the first courses. Don’t expect great things in the meat dept. A link to the menu is provided below, however the prices last night seemed a dollar or two higher.

Link: http://www.patinagroup.com/cgi-bin/me...

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