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Joe's, Divino and Gino...

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Joe's, Divino and Gino...

cvc | Dec 30, 2003 04:24 PM

Inspired by Mother-In-Law's posting, I thought I'd relate a trio of dining experiences during the holidays. Had a small family dinner at Joe's in Venice the Saturday before Xmas and was reminded why he has so many loyal customers. A trio of amuse included a seductively rich Lobster Bisque, Blinis with Roasted Peppers and Halibut Ceviche. The Crispy Chicken was just a classic crowd pleaser and the Beef Tenderloin with the Red Wine Reduction was just as satisfying. A bottle of Bonnacorsi Pinot completed the picture. $226 for three appetizers, entrees, desserts, four wines by the glass, the bottle of pinot, $62, and coffee.

Cafe Divino in Brentwood may be the unsung hero of local neighborhood Italian. Started with a simple Buratta and Tomato Salad, followed by an Osso Bucco Pappardelle, and Branzino for two. Each beautifully done. Even the "molten" Chocolate cake finale was excellent. One glass of wine, one latte and a final total of $110 without tip. Goran is one of the city's best hosts.

What can possibly be said about Angelini at this point? Well, the day after Xmas, surprised that he was even open for lunch, he served a very ambitious menu including Turbot, Dover Sole, John Dory, Fresh Sardines, etc. Finally, it was the meatballs and mashed potatoes for $14 that surprised us. Surely, this is what Mama intended. And the Tiramisu Semifreddo for $7 was frozen bliss. Young Gino was the perfect host while Gino the chef was in Italy! Guess we don't have to worry about him maintaining quality once the new place opens.

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