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Dining Report: Caffe Biaggio

rp1760 | Feb 22, 201509:46 AM     9

I went here on a Thursday night, five people in our group. What a great dining experience! From the moment we walked in the service was superior, from the drinks at the bar, to the spot-on menu recommendations, to the filling of water glasses and food service. The place itself is also very lovely – brick exposed walls, glass blocks for accents, beautiful lighting, comfortable chairs and tables spaced nicely.
For app’s, we shared the calamari with aioli and a plate of pasta, the Bucatini alla Carbonara with egg and bacon. The calamari was decent, nothing special, but the pasta was fabulous! Homemade pasta from scratch, great sauce, lots of bacon bits. Best Carbonara I have ever had.

The tomato basil soup was sweet and creamy, and the Mediterranean salad was wonderful – a nice sized portion of fresh greens, a few artichokes, feta cheese, olives, and a light vinaigrette.

Entrees were the Prime Steak with garlic and olive oil mashed potatoes (excellent); lamb shanks (huge – almost the size of a turkey leg, but fork tender, flavorful, and served over barley risotto for a nice nutty flavor contrast); Cioppino (large scallop, three large – probably 8/12 size – shrimp, stone crab claws, lobster pieces, fish and mussels in a thick, garlicky, out-of-this-world tomato broth); and Veal Medallions Saltimbocca style (thin slices wrapped in prosciutto with basil leaves served with yummy roasted carrots, squash and parsnips). Truly, there were no misses on the entrees. If we had to rank them, would probably go Cioppino first, then lamb shanks, steak, and finally veal medallions.

The wine list was nice, too. They have very reasonably priced, all Italian selections, wine by the glass and bottle. Everything was reasonably priced. Entrees were $20 - $25, and they were large portions – even the men ended up with doggie bags. Nobody had room for dessert. Will definitely try that on next trip!

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