Went to Il Cantuccio, a Northern Italian BYO, for a birthday dinner on Wednesday. All-around, an absolutely wonderful time.
We were a party of 6 with reservations. Completely empty when we arrived at 7, but was packed by 8. Nice, intimate setting, probably less than 45 seats, with the chef's preparing food in the same room.
We started off with the Antipasto appetizer for the table. Having been there before, I asked for a 4-person plate as they charge an unmentioned $7 pp. (Disappointing.) Carrots, crab-stuffed tomatoes, broccoli raab, roasted red peppers, mozzarella, and spinach-ricotta stuffed peppers. The two dinner-sized plates were delicately flavored with olive oil and garlic. The addition of some fresh cracked pepper and light salt brought out more flavor, and IMO improved the dish.
My dinner was pork stuffed w/ spinach. Very wonderfully flavored with more ricotta to mellow the bite of the greens. The bed of rissotto too was perfect- best I think I've ever had. Little bits of peas and carrots scattered throughout with a wonderful aroma and cheese-y texture. Other entrees included a melt-in-your-mouth veal, mussels w/ spinach fettucine, vegetable lasagna, and a couple more that escape me at the moment (*ahem* 8 bottles of wine) Homemade pasta was textbook al dente. I found they undersalted/peppered their food, but had shakers on the table.
Dessert was a Termini's angel food birthday cake w/ buttercream frosting. Went extrememly well with our espressos and the *free* DiSarrono our waiter offered to toast with.
Any wine would do well here, we had one white, 7 reds- a mix of Merlots and Cabs. No ice available (?) so make sure your white wine is chilled. Cash Only.
As I said, very very good meal, perfect for a young crowd of fun-loving CH's OR foodies. The total meal cost including tip only came out to be $30 per person.
Excellent, friendly staff who made it all look easy.