I just returned from a confusing meal at Asti, and I wonder if it really deserves to be on top 10 lists in Austin. My confusion stems from the fact that I started off with a wonderful mixed green salad with a shallot vinagrette, but it was followed by a linguini with white clam sauce that tasted more like an Olive Garden alfredo with clams on the side. What gives? Was I wrong to expect a light sauce that allowed the flavor of the clams to dominate versus the creamy blob of pasta I received? Am I confusing linguini and white clam sauce with linguini alla vongole, a dish that I have made myself many times and is near and dear to my heart?
For a $75 meal for two people, I expected much more from Asti.