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great meal at Prezza (long)

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great meal at Prezza (long)

mmm something | Dec 22, 2003 10:09 AM

Made reservations online (cool!) on Friday morning for 7:00 Friday evening dinner for two. Dining room is lovely, hostesses are warm & receptive, & wait staff, food runners, etc. are all casual but professional.

Waiter asks if we'd like a cocktail, we tell him we'd like a glass of wine, and he walks us through the impressive selection of wines by the glass. Rather than pushing any particuar wine on the one hand, or leaving us entirely on our own on the other, he asks what we normally drink, what we enjoy, and begins to describe a handful of wines we might like. We end up ordering two glasses of a lovely chianti (sorry for the lack of more detailed wine info).

The waiter also does not shy away from our request for menu recommendations. He recommends the prosciutto or beef carpaccio apps, any of the pastas, and the fish stew, osso bucco, & swordfish entrees.

Quail with mushroom risotto & balsamic app is excellent. One quail, crispy skin, moist, flavorful meat, butterflied atop a generous portion of earthy, woodsy, savory mushroom risotto. The sweet, slightly acidic balsamic is a perfect contrast.

Prosciutto & buffalo mozzarella is a platter-sized portion, easily enough for two, of 9 slightly thicker than I like slices. The mild yet tasty prosciutto is topped with 3 thick slices of mozzarella and sprinkled with finely chopped olives, hot cherry peppers and basil and drizzled with EVOO & balsamic. Way too much food for one, but I finished it anyway. :)

Gnocchi Bolognese arrive, although we'd ordered the Ravioli. The food runner whisks the dish away and within a minute, the waiter arrives & apologizes. Within 3 - 4 minutes, Ravioli arrive. A dozen or so round, delicate, 1 - 2 bite-sized ravioli fill the plate. Topping the ravioli are an unsaucy combo of minced sausage, olives, & sundried tomatoes. Tasty, though less refined than the rest of the meal.

The osso bucco is yet another generous portion, a meltingly tender veal shank atop asiago polenta dressed with roasted onion, crispy fried shallot, and a drizzle of rich veal reduction.

Altogether with tax & tip, 2 apps, 2 entrees, & 2 glasses of wine come to a not-inexpensive $135. Nonetheless, we left with leftovers for lunch, and feeling very satisfied and that it was worth every penny.

BK

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