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Great dinner at La Morra

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Great dinner at La Morra

Northshoregirl | Jan 21, 2008 07:18 AM

Went with my husband Saturday and had a great meal and fantastic service. This was our first time there. We sat downstairs where there's a small bar and about 10 tables, all of which were full, yet somehow the noise level was fine. We ordered two cicchetti (sort of like amuse buche that you get to choose): fried olives and fried risotto. Both were delicious--hot and salty and a great way to start. A small loaf of soft bread was served with a riccota-based spread that was addictive.

My husband had the tasting menu with wine ($50) and loved everything he had. First an apple/beet salad, then risotto (perhaps the best I've ever eaten), then grilled pork tenderloin (smoky and tender). He had a choice of desserts from the regular menu, and we both had the chocolate almond flourless cake, which was dense and not too sweet, with a very tasty raspberry sorbet. The only disappointment was my main course, a carbonara that I found too peppery. I also wasn't crazy about the texture of the meat. It was guanciale and seemed too soft, would have liked some crispiness. The pasta itself had great texture, though. I believe it's made on premises.

Our server was top notch--friendly but not overly so, and highly efficient. The pacing was perfect. I was impressed by how friendly everyone was, from the hostess to the bartenders. I wished we lived closer--I would be a frequent guest.

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