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Bella Bollo!

Anna V. Carroll | Jun 25, 2003 07:19 PM

You guys were right when you said I had not made a mistake chosing BOLO for Restaurant Week lunch. Bobby Flay really has it down pat, hasn't he? The tall, immaculately dressed Hostess, with the big smile and friendly air, the waiter who looks like he belongs on a Soap Opera or at least Law & Order. Then the food. Wow.

The Restaurant Week lunch menu reads as follows:
Chilled White Gazpacho with Champagne Grapes & Tossed Almonds or Chopped Salad with Chick Peas, Cucumbers, Red Beans, Crispy Bread Chips with Spanish Farmers Cheese or Tapas Plate with three Tapas for Appetizers.

I had the chopped salad and left nary a bean on the plate.

For Entree's you have a choice of the following:
Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Spanish spices, Parsley-Mint sauce with Crushed Lemon Fingerling Potatoes. Golden Shrimp (4) with Green Pea-Toasted Coriander Rissoto or Crispy Buckwheat Flatbread with Serrano Ham, Manchego Cheese, Baked Egg and White Truffle Oil. I had the perfectly wonderful chicken. The crust alone was worth the price of admission. The mint sauce was the perfect partner. Loved it.

Dessert? Your choice of Chocolate Terrine with Fromage Blanc and Oven Roasted Apricots or my choice, Summer Fruit Couscous with Blackberry-Cherry Sorbet. My lunch partner had the Tapas, Shrimp and Terrine with a glass of Passion Fruit Sangria. I had a nice glass of Rose with mine.

No, I didn't see Bobby Flay inside or outside the restaurant, but the place was packed with people waiting out the door to get in. And today was a hot one. No one complained. I had made my reservations last week so there was no waiting.

Service, ambiance, food, everything was perfect. I am now very tempted to return some evening when my British boyfriend comes to town and try some of the dishes on the dinner menu, with a slice of that chocolate cake Wilson raved about. I thoroughly loved the food. It's a really pretty restaurant too, isn't it? My hat is off to Mr. Flay and his wonderful staff. They aim to please and do.

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