Went back to try out a few dishes we didn't have last time.
Tried the gnocchi/shortrib and pate appetizer. The gnocchi melted in your mouth, but the shortrib (w/o bone) had a slightly burnt taste on one of the pieces of meat. The pate was nicely laid out w/ an interested buttered toasted bread to put it on.
For entrees, we had the lobster lasagna and pork chop. The lobster lasagna was made of a few round pieces of pasta instead of the usual rectangular pieces. There weren't that many pieces of lobster, but the tomato sauce was excellent. The pork chop was a nice 1" cut w/ bone and perfectly cooked w/ roasted onions on top; the sauce tasted like a light barbeque sauce, so it got boring tasting after a while.
The panna cotta for dessert was excellent. Much better tasting than a regular flan and on a plate w/ splashes of balsamic vinegar. I had the chocolate cake again but should have tried the banana bread pudding; the cake was just too filling because it's so fudgey.
Grotto was nearly full this time. Only a few tables were empty so they coulld accommodate those who made reservations (they turned away a few people who came in to ask if they had space). Guess the word is getting out. BTW, no one, including me, remembered to mention the pretty hostess w/ the cute black outfit ;-)
Afterwards, we wandered down to Faneuil Hall and tried a Beard Papa cream puff w/ vanilla filling. I think my expectations were too high...the puff wasn't as fluffy as I expected even though it was filled while we waited.