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Anniversary Dinner at Prezza (long)

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Anniversary Dinner at Prezza (long)

bostonsooner | Jun 9, 2003 08:46 PM

Had a wonderful dinner at Prezza with my wife on Friday for our anniversary. One gracious touch. I had ordered a Roderer Estate sparkling wine. When the waiter came out, I noticed it was the Roderer champagne (which was about $15 more expensive). I pointed out that I had ordered the sparkling wine and the waiter returned to the back. When he returned, he said that they were out of the sparkling wine, but that we could have the champagne for the same price. Which we, of course accepted happily. (By the way, the champagne went very nicely with our meal). Started with the fried zucchini flowers over soft polenta (they substituted a smidgen of what appeared to be a chunky fra diavolo sauce for the pancetta tomato sauce to accomodate my vegetarian wife). For those like me, who had read about zucchini flowers, but never had them, they are wonderful. The size really surprised me, almost the size of a chili relleno (I expected little delicate flowers), and there were three. The polenta was creamy and the flowers was fried impeccably; my wife pronounced it one of the best dishes she ever had. I also ordered the wood grilled octopus and calamari over white beans. The octopus and calamari were very tender; no overcooking or rubbery consistency here, with a light smoky taste. We then split a baby arugula salad (they brought it out on separate plates for us, which was another nice touch). Perhaps too much of one thing. Being BABY arugula, it wasn't too bitter, but the taste was a bit monotouous, being alone, save a bit of goat cheese. For our main dishes, my wife ordered a half-order of the gnocchi bolognese with porchini cream. Because the sauce has meat, they substituted a fra diavolo sauce. My wife was disappointed, because she had expected a tomato sauce WITH the porchini cream, but the dish itself was very good. (And to be fair, we didn't ask what the substitution would be). The gnocchi was light and the sauce tasty. Just a matter of different expectations. She also ordered side of asparagus, which were a bit smoky, but nothing terribly special. I ordered the pork loin (about 1 1/2 - 2 inches thick), which came over white beans (the small ones that you make baked beans out of). The pork had the slightest tinge of pink, very juicy, and had a wonderful crust. The beans were also tasty; the dish a high end franks 'n beans: Delicious. And for dessert, we ordered the peach turnover with almond ice cream. The peaches were encased in what looked like miniature baklavas. The peach turnover was a bit tart when eaten alone; it was balanced nicely when eaten with the ice cream. Overall, a really nice meal. We could have ordered much less, but we were celebrating. We could have done without the salad and/or one of the appetizers (large portions on the appetizers). Total cost, $160 including tax and tip. Thanks to all who've posted on Prezza, it was very helpful!

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