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Agean comes up very short but Rialto does it again!


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Agean comes up very short but Rialto does it again!

Tzonis | Jun 19, 2006 11:29 PM

Yesterday I decided to stop by the Aegean for a snack/meal on my way home from Target. I sat at the bar and was greeted by a friendly bartender who provided good service.

The dishes I ordered were the grilled octopus and the grape leaves. The grilled octopus was tiny pieces of thin (pencil width) octopus meat soaking with onions in what I think was olive oil and something else. This dish was near inedible but I consumed it because I was hungry and really wanted it to be tasty. When I think of grilled anything I do not expect it to come out soaking in sauce with pieces so small one needs to hunt for them. Having lived in Greece for a bit and eaten plenty of grilled octopus this proved a great disappointment.
The grape leaves were another must miss. They came out soaked in a congealed sauce that did not add anything to them and forced me to 'unwrap' the grape leaves and eat the insides only.

Maybe I just ordered the wrong things and hopefully that is true as good Greek food is something I am starting to desire.

On the opposite end of the spectrum was Rialto tonight. Yes I know Monday is bad for 'fine dining' but everything that came out was fantastic. Nary was a morsel or ramp left on a plate.

The service was fantastic as I have grown to expect. They went out of their way to look for Lactaid as it had been forgotten and then produced a "No Dairy" menu. I didn't have to ask for the menu, it was offered by them as well as calling the front desk and hotel store to see if they had any lactaid. This all occured due to the hostess hearing us mention possibly running to CVS to get lactaid.

On to the Food:
Grilled Littleneck Clams with Chorizo: My DC and I both thought the clams were delightful. Their juices complimented the Chorizo nicely and the bread on the side of the dish hit the spot.

I had the Duck and my DC had the filet of sole with ramps. The duck per usual was crispy on the outside, moist, and delicious. There is a reason this dish has been on the menu for forever and I hope it never goes away. The sole was one of the best renditions of sole I have ever eaten, though I am biased as I had it there last time.

Desert was a tasty cappuccino bread pudding.

I have grown to love Rialto but know I need to get to Pigalle and Cragie St as well.

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