As promised a while ago, my wife and I have made a few trips now to Alina's in South Deerfield, on the site of the once-great-then-lousy SIenna. First time we were there they hadn't gotten their liquor license yet, so folks were directed across the street to pick up a bottle, but that money-saving feature is no longer working. Ah well. Don't drink wine myself, but my wife tells me the selection is solid, so I'll go along with her info.
Food has been great on our visits thus far. They reorganized the room a little bit, but it still has the open uncrowded feel that SIenna did. They kept the bar as well, and it appears you can get full meal service up there as well.
Anyway, the food and service have both been very cool on each visit. I have become somewhat addicted to their beet salad ($8), which is one of the most eye-pleasing arrangements of food I've ever seen, and has an amazing taste -- gorgonzola, light orange dressing, braised endives. Man, it is very fine. I have also gotten hooked on the Pollo Saltin Boca ($18), which is is somewhat similar to a Cordon Bleu, but with prosciutto, asiago and pesto. Very fine stuff.
My wife has usually gone for multiple appetizers or the half plates of the pasta, but she won't share so I don't know exactly what they taste like. My daughter -- picky eater that she is -- fully approves of the kids menu (nice touch at an upscale resto -- pasta, cheese ravioli or chicken parm 6/7 bucks) -- and the desserts have been uniformly excellent ($7).
Most of the nights we've been there they had some sort of promotional thing going on where you'd get a free cup of soup or something & i was just looking at their site, and noticed they have different promo things on different nights.
Anyway, they're dinner only for now (be nice if that changed), closed Mondays, and they've been doing good enough biz that you probably wanna make reservations if you're driving from elsewhere. We haven't been shut-out in this respect yet, but I'm assuming the word of mouth will grow if they keep the pace they're at.
The first time we went they didn't have any specials and the menu itself is on the short side (as Sienna's was), but they have added a few things subsequently -- usually a fish, a meat and a poultry. There's not a ton of vegetarian offering, but their winter vegetable risotto (presumably this will change seasonally) was a huge hit with our daughter one night, and she was kind enough to share a forkfull. Goddamn yummy.
I am stoked this place is open. Our last couple of trips to that Di Paulo place in Turners were pretty disappointing. It would be great if they could figure out how to have an outdoor dining section for the warm weather, but for now, let's just say my stomach is growling. I think I'll hit the place again tonight.
Check out menu and whatnot at their site. http://myalinas.com
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