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Great time at La Laiterie, Providence

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Great time at La Laiterie, Providence

winedude | Jan 29, 2012 01:58 PM

Finally got a chance to try La Laiterie last night. It's quite a cool-looking space (once you get into the restaurant side). Our arrival was a bit chaotic--we had 8:00 reservations, and when we showed up, they said they were running behind schedule, so we had to stand in the brightly lit, and over-warm, front room/store. They allowed us to order some wine while we waited, but it was a bit of an uncomfortable start, frankly.

After about a 20 minute wait, we were seated in the restaurant, and our evening when straight uphill from there. Service was friendly and efficient, and there's an interesting assortment of wines by the glass (I had the Pezzi King Zinfandel, one of my favorites, nicely chosen but pricey at $11/glass).

As we had 2 vegetarians among us, but wanted to graze, we split all of the veggie options on the menu. We had these small plates (each about $11): pasta of the day-- a delicious, al dente fettucini with a mushroom broth and a few vegetables, light but delicious; squash tasting--a selection of small pieces of 4 kinds of roasted squash, which was interesting and fun; their famous mac and cheese--justly famous, and absolutely delicious, a rich, toasty, cheesy mouthful. We ordered their House bread selection ($3), with 2 pieces each of warm cornbread, warm foccacia, and ciabatta. Very yummy. We had both of the salads offered, one fairly standard mixed greens with a flavorful vinaigrette, and the other filled with pickled vegetables, and some type of feta cheese that was a highlight. We also had one "large" plate, the "raclette" sandwich, which was a large grilled cheese, with raclette cheese and cornichon in the middle. It was delicious, and very filling.

We split 2 desserts, the chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel and coconut ice cream, and a chocolate chunk blondie, with butterscotch ice cream (each $8). Both were excellent. They also served the coffee as individual French Presses, which were much better what one routinely gets at the end of a meal.

All in all, a big win, and we'll be back!

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