I finally had the chance to eat at Bianca on Saturday night. My recent experience at Teodora,the owners other restaurant,was so pleasant that I had to try this one.Overall, a terrific meal but with some minor drawbacks.
Ambience-I have read so much about Bianca being "romantic" and "cozy and warm". It is cozy and the candles give it a romantic feel but quite honestly I could not get past how small this place was.My wife and I were there early with only 2 other couples and the place seemed tight.The tables might have been the smallest I have ever experienced.My wife compared it to eating at a round bar table.The table could fit 2 plates,2 sets of utensils and 2 glasses.Anything else hung off the sides.The tables were also packed in tight. Getting up to use the bathroom was like getting out of the window seat of an airplane.I have eaten in small places before but for some reason this place seemed smaller than it probably is.One other issue was the giant open trash can in the bathroom. Only one bathroom. It was the type of trash can you would see outside a pizzeria.I could not understand how the trash can was full at 5:30 pm with only a few couples and why there was not a top on the can.I know it is a small thing but a giant open trash can inside a small romantic restaurant stuck out like a sore thumb.
Service-Like Teodoras, the waitress was very helpful and friendly in taking our orders and making suggestions but we rarely saw her except between courses.I think it may be because they want to give you the chance to enjoy your meal and conversation without being interupted.She was very responsive when needed.The food was also served promptly.
Appetizers-Food was the reason we came and it did not disappoint.I started with the Gnocco Fritto,fried puffed bread served warm with Italian meats.Very good but I enjoyed the version at Teodora with flatbread a little more.My wife ordered the Spiedino di Mare, 2 large skewers with calamari and shrimp served over a bed of salad.It was a generous serving that she enjoyed.We followed this up with our two personal favorites.I have been dreaming of the Passatelli in brodo since my trip to Teodora,parmesan cheese and dough rolled together and served in the best chicken broth I have ever tasted.I would go for this alone.My wife loves the Baby artichoke salad served chopped with shaved parmesan cheese and lemon dressing.Their serving size was generous.
Main Course-I ordered the Gnocchi con Formaggio,potato dumplings served in a gorgonzola sauce. Wow! This was amazing.The gnocchi was very light but the gorgonzola it was served in was perfect.I personally like my gorgonzola sharp and a little salty.It packed a real kick.This is not a dish if you like your gorgonzola mild and subtle.The serving size was very large.My wife ordered the special pasta which was tagliatelle with swordfish,asparagus,olives,capers in a light tomato sauce.She loved it but was quite full after a few bites.
Dessert-I had the choclate mousse tart with bitter chocolate sauce and cream.Very good.My wide had their Tiramisu which she said was the best she has ever had.It was so creamy.
Overall, the food is as good as any place we have eaten and the portion sizes are some of the largest we have had recently.The price is great too. 2 appetizers,2 starters,2 entrees,2 desserts and several glasses of wine came to $93.00 before tip.The value,quality and quantity of the meal helped me to overlook some of the other minor issues such as cramped space and cash only policy.
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