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Alta Report

CM | Jun 3, 2006 10:30 PM

Went to Alta for the first time tonight, really enjoyed it. Between my mother and I, we had the spinach salad, crispy brussel sprouts, goat cheese, pork belly, and 2 orders of the risotto with leeks, lemon, and bacon. Everything was good, but the risotto was the standout. My mother has celiac disease, which cuts out most grains, so she eats a lot of risotto (and cooks a lot of great risotto), and we were both really impressed with it. The bacon is quite salty, smoky, and kind of dry- it's actually rather substantial chunks, which works really well with the dish. The dish is amply sized and really rich- her enjoyment was just high enough to warrant skipping dessert (which is problematic for her anyway) and ordering a second. The crispy brussel sprouts came tossed with some apple and other stuff, and it was also really good. The goat cheese was tasty, but it was a bit heavy for my taste- fried, with honey. I hadn't eaten pork belly before and was somewhat put off by how fatty parts of it were, but I happily ate the leaner portions. We had a bottle of Spanish white wine, in the $30ish range recommended by our waiter- easy drinking, very dry. The service was also great. All in all, a great experience- thanks for the recommendations!

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