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ErikaK | Nov 17, 200301:04 PM

I can't recommend this restaurant highly enough!
We went there on Friday night after visiting a couple of wineries in the Paso area as we were staying in Pismo. On a side note, we were on a mission given to us by a wine forum member who happens to be the chef at the restaurant to help him to understand California pinot noir. But that is another post on another forum!
Anyhow, the food & service were spectacular and perfectly matched to our brawny CA pinot noirs.
First came an amuse - but I was talking so missed the short description from our waiter - it was like a pizza/pastry but I didn't catch what was in the center. What was striking and lovely was the truffle oil & honey over the top. Yum!
With Sanford/Sanford & Benedict Vineyard/2000 Pinot Noir : steamed clams with a tomato/garlic sauce & portobello mushrooom with parma ham & roasted peppers
Both of these were wonderful & were ample for 2 couples served along with some beautiful spongy focaccia type bread and some spicy tomato/pepper sauce ((romesco).
We all had different entrees to go with the wines we brought as well as some wine that others shared. The standout was a 2001 Babcock Cargassachi vineyard - ... The only one I didn't try was the angel hair pasta with shrimp/blue crab, etc. I had veal shanks with saffron risotto. The shanks were wonderful and there was plenty of rice (perhaps too much). My husband had salmon with macadamia crust that was perfectly done. The other entree was similar to cioppino except it had little couscous like pasta in it - it was wonderful, it reminded me of my grandma's cioppino.
Dessert was fantastic - homemade gelato: Pistacio & Pumpkin; white peach sorbet in a white peach; chocolate profiteroles with chocolate cream.
I have read mixed reviews of this restaurant so I just wanted to put in my two cents that this is a place not to be missed when in the Paso Robles area!

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