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Grotto report

Helen Rennie | Oct 15, 2003 04:46 PM

Thank you so much for introducing us to Grotto. This was the best Italian meal I had in Boston in this price range. We ordered the chef’s whim menu: 3 pasta courses with 3 matching glasses of wine for $40/person. Our first course was Taleggio ravioli with roasted pear, walnuts, and balsamic reduction. The wine match was Bonny Dune Rose. The roasted pears in the dish underlined the pear flavor in wine, and complimented the savory Taleggio beautifully. For the second course, we had Butternut squash filled mezzaluna pasta with sausage cream sauce and seared scallops – rich, sweet and savory at the same time. A glass of full-bodied chardonnay with a hint of lavender honey was a great match to the weight of the dish. When the waiter brought us glasses of Duckhorn merlot to start us off on the third course, we couldn’t believe our ears. Were they really going to serve us a $70/bottle wine? It was rich and decadent with intense sage nose. The main course was the gnocchi with perfectly tender braised short rib and grilled sirloin. The sirloin was a bit chewy and not really necessary since a lot was happening on the plate already. Once we removed it, the dish breathed easier. The soft little pillows of gnocchi were perfectly tender, and not sticky or starchy. The short rib sauce was accented with capers, which added a touch of briny flavor and depth to the sauce. How could all this be only $40 is a mystery to me. We had Italian food that matched Grotto’s quality before, but usually at twice the price.

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