So I got a $20 off coupon for dinner at Ariadne (in Newtonville) and figured this was the perfect time to try it. It wasn't close to our original plan to try some south end pizza but Dax agreed to go cuz the short rib appetizer on the online menu looked so good. Too bad that app. was only on the bar menu last nite and you had to eat in the dining room to use the coupon. Too bad I pulled out the coupon early like a good little girl only to be told that you had to spend $80 to use the it, which was not stated anywhere on the stupid thing. We thought about going somewhere else or loading up on food, but ended up with our original plan of splitting a couple apps. and an entree and gave the coupon to the people next to us.
Anyway, the bar area was packed when we first arrived, seems to be more popular than the pleasant dining room. We had good but nothing out of the ordinary bread and butter which our little secondary guy was good about replenishing (along with the water). The gnocchi w/ tomato and truffle leek cream was amazing and a good portion ($12). Light gnocchi, tasty sauce. The salad of endive, pecans, duck confit, pomengranites and great blue cheese ($10) was very good altho personally, I'd rather have nice greens than endive (and the cheese was in short supply). Then we waited for the entree, and waited. The main waiter never came by to say anything or ask if we needed anything else. It finally came and wasn't really worth the wait. We got what they described as rabbit cassoulet and it included a loin wrapped in bacon along, the leg and then a separate pot of the beans which were very dry. The loin was also a little dry but the leg was good and I liked the accompanying spinach. The dish was really smokey and heavy so we didn't even look at a dessert menu (altho I did stop for a Dunkin Donuts choc. chip cookie on the way home). With one beer, it came to about $54 and I'm glad we didn't eat/drink $30 more of stuff.