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My two cents on Aroma

Baby Ruth | Feb 27, 200601:29 PM

Made a reservation for 7pm. Arrived on time. Waited about 15 min for the table. No big deal. Crowded but friendly. Very gregarious welcoming staff.

There are about 7 specials, and all sound much better and interesting than the more generic stuff on the written menu. Servers read the specials and describe them with a mix of passion and a bit of hyperbole (how can everything be "the best").

Complimentary bruschetta was nicely toasted and featured fresh tomatoes. Could've used some olive oil though. They serve the regular bread with packaged butter, but will bring oil upon request. I always find this odd in an Italian restaurant.

We had an interesting mushroom appetizer, w/the mushrooms chopped and set in a mold on mascarpone and parmesan flakes. Shrooms were good but parmesan was too much. Sauce was a bit rich, but a nice dish. $11

Second app was the mango salad. All the ingredients were fresh and artfully presented but I didn't feel like it all made sense as a cohesive whole. Too many things going on, and a bit overdressed. $11

Main course was a veal chop, tasty but a bit overcooked for the medium rare we requested. And I thought the $28 sticker tag was too much.

Corkage used to be free, then went up to $6 and is now $10. I think that's too high.

The experience was nice but I think for the prices, I probably won't be going back. The dealbreaker for me is the corkage.

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