I sound like a broken record by now, but we had another fantastic meal at Grotto.
The appetizer special of reduced chicken stock with tortellini was just amazing ($9). The chicken filling in tortellini was a little smoky (maybe with addition of proscuitto?). The stock was pure goodness. The garlic and pesto soup ($9) from the regular menu was great as always -- much richer than the tortellini soup. For entrees we got the crispy trout with gnocchi ($20) and lamb rack with potato and butternut squash gratin ($26). Trout came with two sauces: a wine reduction with capers and horseradish creme fraiche. They eventually tangled together into a creamy, briny, and tangy mix -- just perfect with the trout. The gnocchi were discussed so much on this board that I have nothing to add -- I love them. The lamb was perfect medium rare, juicy, tender, and everything a lamb rack should be. The potato squash gratin was comfort food heaven. I am getting a craving just writing about it.
We were there on a saturday night and the place wasn't even half full. How can a place with such amazing food and such reasonable prices go so unnoticed? I guess the hidden location on a residential side street does not help.