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Alex S | Aug 16, 2003 12:09 AM

Just had to write about a couple of incredible meals at Grotto; followed Limster's advice and went for the $40 3-course 3-glass of wine thing. It's ostensibly a pasta menu, but not really:

Tasting #1
- Lobster and ricotta ravioli atop warm beet slices - perfect texture of the fresh pasta and filling, flavor, amount of cheese, etc.

- Striped bass and pork tenderloin (small portions of each) over homemade pasta and some sort of pea sauce.

- Really pillowy gnocchi with foie gras and figs, very generous amounts. The foie gras and the gnocchi were a bit too texturally similar, otherwise amazing.

I forget what wines were paired with what, their Barbera was good with course #2

Tasting #2

- The lobster ravioli again, this time with some smoked fontina on the bottom (the chef came out and said that because I requested all reds with the tasting, he added the cheese to cut it, a reasonable decision). It also included a really big chunk of lobster meat. Amazing.
- Some kind of homemade pasta with small sheets wrapped around themselves, with figs and foie gras and bacon. The pasta was a bit too al dente and the bacon dominated the foie gras, otherwise good.
- Seared veal atop gnocchi with mushrooms and a 1/2 ounce of truffle oil. Everything here was perfect, the truffle oil was basically a reward for praising the previous courses.

Anyway, it's really good, so go while the prices are still ridiculous.

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