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gonzo report

queue | Jan 19, 2004 03:14 PM

went with a large group on thursday, the night of the deep freeze. atmosphere inside was warm and cheerful. service was pleasant. i was surprised by the prices, which were higher than i had anticipated. i wasn't too excited about the bread they served. although it had a good, hard crust, the inside was too dense. however, the accompanying olive oil was delicious -- bitter, peppery, and complex. i sampled two cichetti, beet & gorgonzola salad & caponata. the beet salad was awful -- mushy cold beets in what seemed to be a gorgonzola-flavored dressing. caponata was better, but still not great. i sampled two pizzas: prosciutto and arugula and sausage and broccoli rabe. both pizzas were excellent. the dough is very thin and hand-shaped with a wonderful uneven texture. delicious sauce and cheese makes for a crispy, savory, cheesy bite. the prosciutto pizza then had mounds of uncooked prosciutto & arugula on top. very good quality. delicious. the sausage & broccoli rabe pizza was more minimally topped but also very good. the broccoli was chopped very fine so it wasn't particularly bitter (i love broccoli rabe so i probably would have enjoyed this even more if the pieces of broccoli were just a little bigger). i enjoyed the bottle of spicy primitivo (from the low end of the wine list) that we drank along with the pizzas. bottom line: would gladly return, but only for the pizza (& wine).

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