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another great meal at Grotto

adp0 | Apr 30, 2005 08:16 PM

Just returned from a scrumptious meal at Grotto. When hubby and I walked in at 6:30p on a Saturday night, we were the only patrons. Fortunately, when we left at about 8p the room was filling up nicely.

We started out by sharing the arugula, prosciutto, roasted pears, parmesan and lemon salad. They very nicely split the salad for us. A delicious combination of flavors. The lemon was represented by sweetened, perhaps even candied slices of peel. Not overpowering at all, but added a nice dimension. I had a very strong citrus mojito, with lots of fresh mint. I would have liked a little more citrus and a little less alcohol flavor, but that's me.

Hubby had (again) the cavatelli with cream, housemade sausage, peas, and mushrooms. We both were transported. What a deliciously savory dish. Somehow it is not too salty-tasting.

I had the semoline-crusted cod on a bed of spinach and bacon, served with a nice helping of horseradish butter and capers sauteed to the point of turning a dark blackish green. Absolutely delish, and a nice blend of textures.

Hubby had the melting chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream on the side, and I had just a scoop of caramel ice cream. I've always enjoyed their coffee, very smooth.

OUr bill was about $70 before tip, and we had the place practically to ourselves. I'm a happy camper.

We somewhat solved the parking problem by using hubby's MGH parking. Not an option for everyone, we realize, but for us it was worth the short walk up Cambridge St. to avoid another parking ticket!

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