Thanks to Limster's post, I was able to take my parents to the feast of the 7 fishes at Davio's Tuesday.
We really loved the room. It's in the old Mohr and McPherson (formerly Paine's) furniture store across from the Park Plaza. The high ceilings and tall windows make the room look huge! It's a big place anyways.
We had a few drinks at the cool bar before beginning to stuff ourselves silly with seafood.
There were 4 courses plus dessert in the prix fixe special.
First course: Fried Baccala. Nice cubes of salt cod fried crispy on the outside and soft and chewy inside as only salt cod can be. I really like saltcod anyways, but this was a nice start. It came on a bed of greens with a tangy vinaigrette.
Second course: A trio of small apps. Fresh calamari lightly sauteed with olive oil and chilli flakes. The calamari was cooked just enough. Nice and tender with a nice hotness from the pepper.
Seared sea scallop with tomatoes. The scallop had a nice sear on it but was still creamy inside. The accompanying sauce was nice but nothing special.
And, marninated sardine bruschetta. A small sardine on some toasted bread with chopped tomatoes. I think it had something else but I'm a little fuzzy now. I liked it; my parents thought he sardine was a little too fishy.
Third: A pasta course, linguine with shrimp and marinara sauce. It's a regular item on the menu, we were served half servings. This was my favorite of all the courses. A great sauce with large perfectly cooked shrimp. I'm not usually a shrimp fan but I'm coming back for this dish. The sauce was a great background for the pasta and shrimp, it wasn't as acidic as I find most marinara sauces and just lightly seasoned
Fourth: Sauteed sea bass w/ potatoes. A very nice sauteed filet of sea bass served with halved potatoes and a few hard-shell clams in a light broth. It was very nice too but, by then we were really too full to enjoy it. My mom is still raving about it though.
I had the mocha semifreddo for dessert. It had a really nice mocha flavor but it was too heavy after so much food. A bad choice on my part. My parents had a mango pannacotta and a bowl of fresh berries with some mini cannolis. The fruit was a very nice choice after so much food and the cannoli shells were very sugary and crisp, filled with a nice ricotta filling. The pannacotta was the winner though. Nice and creamy with a great hint of mango.
The servings were very large for a tasting menu. Every plate was more like a half sized entree rather than a small tasting. I was full after the 2nd course but struggled on.
All in all a great deal for $55/pp plus 2 bottles of the least expensive pino grigio (the wine was very nice too).