Dined at Due Venti last night.
Nutshell edition: Excellent food, Great service. Will definitely return. Bring a flashlight.
The long(er) form:
We arrived a few minutes before our 6:30PM reservation and our table was waiting. We were
The lighting was a bit too dim for my tastes. I understand dim/romantic. I don't agree with it ... but
this was less. How dim was it? One of our dining companions had to retreat to the mens room to
read the menu. I noticed another table using an iPhone as a flashlight. A great tip ... which I
shamelessly mimic'd. We mentioned it to the staff. The lights remained dim-dim all evening.
One of the four seats at our table was a *bit* obstructed ... by an accent table holding a tall, wobbly
vase. Frankly; I'd *really* prefer that they remove one table from the line along the north wall. The
dining room wasn't exactly over-stuffed (ref: my usual gripe about Jeremy's), but it was certainly
full. The table next to ours was "loud," a bit more distance would've been helpful, but rather than
reducing seating (it's a business after all), I'd prefer they ditch the accent table & vase.
We started by sharing a white anchovy salad and the polenta fries. Both were excellent appetizers.
I enjoyed my house salad ... mixed greens, golden raisins, pine nuts, gorganzola ... I was left
wishing it had a very light sprinkle of chopped, candied walnuts.
Two ordered scallops. Four large scallops per plate, perfectly prepared, wonderfully seasoned.
The other two entrees were Cassolette and rabbit. The puff pastry on the Cassolette was a hint
that someone in the kitchen knows pastry. The rabbit was probably the overall winner, All entrees
It's obvious that one of the Chef's *knows* pastry ... the Budino, Panna Cotta and Napolean were
all home runs.
Portion size? Just right. Not too much. Not too little I did think the wine pours were a bit on the
light side, but not worth fussing to the staff about.
Staff? Knowledgeable. Attentive. Prompt. Unobtrusive.
Cost? ~$65/person including liquor & tip.
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