My friend came over and we had a leisurely time at my house sharing a bottle of La Crema chardonnay. Got to Da Marco's a bit early for our 6:30 reservation. Lovely little place. We were seated at a 2 top on the wall, but it wasn't a crowded feeling. I couldn't hear the other patrons conversations and I don't believe they could hear us either. She is the wine expert, so she ordered us a bottle of some kind of chardonnay. I'll have to ask her exactly what it was and report back. It had an odd hue, almost like a green tea, but almost a very light peach color. She wasn't that happy with it, and I have no idea what it cost, but it was there, we were committed so we drank it!
They brought out a piece of french bread with a smear of cream cheese and a topping of some kind of tomato topping. Nice. To start she ordered the artichoke alla giudea, and I got the raviolo, riccota, eggs and truffles. We shared both of these and we were overwhelmed with the flavors of each dish. Thanks for suggesting the raviolo jenny! I have never had truffles and I really liked this dish so much, so did she! I had wanted to try the scallops, but they were out of season, so . . . still I was not disappointed.
The specials were tempting, but the one I was drawn to was a beef dish, and I was determined not to eat anything that I have ever had before, so I passed on that. She got the Roasted Sea Bass with spinach, and I got the Maple Leaf Duck. It was not served with the mertillo though. Instead it had a leafy green vegetable that when I asked what it was, our waiter replied in Italian, and I didn't quite catch it. I just called them to ask and it was Italian Tuscan Cabbage. It was a very mild, fresh taste. I complimented the sweetness of the duck, perfectly. There were also a couple "things" (for lack of a better word) that looked like oblong brussel sprouts, but didn't taste like them. The duck was so very good! I'm so glad I finally have tried it. I had been told that if you don't like dark chicken meat you won't like duck, but boy was I misinformed. And there was a lot of it! Guess what I am eating for lunch today? We also shared an order of polenta, that was very, very creamy and good. We shared our dinners and I am pleased to say that I really liked her sea bass. It was very moist and tender, and had a delicate flavor.
At the end of the evening they brought out a special birthday treat of flan, which he drizzled a caramel sauce on. Around the rim of the large bowl they had written Happy Birthday in Chocolate sauce, in perfect cursive. What a talent to be able to do that! And it was just right, sweet but not overwhelmingly so. I am not a big sweet eater, but we ate every bit of it.
A great evening, great company, great food! I have no idea what the total was but I left the tip ($35) so who knows! She is so generous to me. If you go be aware that the menu is not exactly like it is on the website. It changes somewhat with the seasons, but it is still a real treat! And it never got loud.