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Dinner at Rivoli on Solano Ave., Albany

anli | May 26, 2008 11:02 AM

Though we did not have reservations on Thursday, husband and I were fortunate to snag a 2 top in the bar/entrance area around 6:30. We had not been here in 5 years, primarily because we are rarely in this part of town. We've always enjoyed our meals here, and tonight was no exception. We ordered the mushroom fritters and the brandade gnocchi with a lobster cream sauce. The gnocchi was the lightest I'd ever had and the lobster sauce was fabulous. We kept dipping the excellent bread into that sauce. For my main course, I ordered the chicken roulade stuffed with cornbread, with a large serving of bright spinach and creamy grits. The grits, like the gnocchi, were unbelievably light and flavorful. Husband ordered the Mediterranean plate with lamb, couscous and a bisteeya filled with duck meat (excellent). For dessert we shared the hot fudge sundae. Service was attentive. The main dining room was full of folks celebrating graduations. We walked out wondering why it took us 5 years to come back here.

Inquired about the new restaurant and was told that June 10 is the new scheduled opening date. It will be a Florentine bistro. Can't wait.

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