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August Review- Long

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August Review- Long

toddb | Mar 27, 2005 08:57 AM

Finally got down to The W.V. to try August last night. We were a party of four, and arrived roughly 8:00. We waited about 40 minutes for our table, but were prepared for that when we went down.
The place is extremely charming. We stood outside for most of our wait time, and every group of people that walked by were enamored of the look of the place. When we walked in, I was hit by the best restaurant aroma I have smelled in quite a while.

They have a huge wood burning oven that is used for almost the entire menu.
We ordered for starters a Charcutterie Plate (Sp?), two wood fired pizzas of Wild Mushroom and Fontina, an Arugula salad, as well as roasted Gnocchi w/ Rapini and Sausage. The pizzas were delicious, especially combined with anything from the meat board, the salad was a yum. The Gnocchi were unique to my experience as they were not boiled. I found them to be worth the experience, but not something I'd run back for.

For mains, we had a whole roasted Orata which was light and delicious, milk braised pork over polenta which was nice, but a little bland after the pork from the first course. We also had chicken with two types of paprika over homemade fettucini. This dish was a hit with everyone. Sides were excellent Frites, Braised Endive w/ ham, and Brussel Sprouts w/ chestnuts.

Desserts were Lemon Gelato, Profiteroles that everyone gave an A+, and Chocolate Pot De Creme (outstanding Chocolate Mousse).

We drank an Albarino (spanish white wine) and then "Tethys", an Austrian blend of Chard Pinot Bianco and ???. We loved the Albarino, and liked the other.

Service was outstanding, attentive and friendly. We will definetly be going back. Hopefully spring will arrive, and waiting out front won't be as uncomfortable.

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