Tried Dopo on a friend's recommendation last Friday night and had a very charming experience. The food was great as was the service. We had about a 45 minute wait, so we strolled Pietmont Ave. for a while and then came back to sit outside -- the host was very good about coming over and saying, "Oh, you are going to be the next table -- we've just put the check down, so it shouldn't be too much longer."
Appetizers: Bluefin tuna with meyer lemon relish -- I only got one bite of this because my husband scarfed it down, but it was very tasty. Slighlty raw in the center and the relish was a good balance of acid and salty. I had the stuffed squid -- it was stuffed with a potato-chive mixture and then battered and fried so the warm potato was all oozy and yummy. The squid was cooked just right -- not rubber band chewy, but still had a good bite to it.
Main: My husband got the tagliatelle with saffron-pork ragu, and I couldn't keep my fork out of his plate. Yum! It reminded me of a Marcella Hazan recipe I'd made recently out of Saveur, using the concept of saporire (sp?) where all the flavors meld.
I had the pizza with homemade sausage and rapini greens. The crust was crispy but still chewy and the sauce had calabrian chiles in it, so it had a nice kick (though this isn't mentioned in the menu, so the spice averse should be aware).
We split the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. Chocolate is not my usual choice of dessert, but the alternate was pear sorbet or affogato, and I didn't feel like the caffeine or anything cold. I was pleasantly surprised by the cake -- it was light and not dense and gummy/molten like some versions I've had. They served it with a dollop of barely sweetened whipped cream which cuts the richness of the cake.
We'll be back!
Total for two with two glasses of wine and tax/tip (we tipped 20%) was around $80.
Piedmont Ave at John St. (One block north of Fentons on the opposite side of the street)