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La Ciccia - Report

Dave MP | May 7, 200810:57 PM

Thanks to everyone who made suggestions in my previous post - they guided us very well in our meal. Here's a link to the post where I asked for must try dishes:


We had a 6:30 reservation, and we were seated near the front of the restaurant. The menu looked great, and the wine menu was pretty fantastic - many, many, choices, including at least two dozen bottles for under 40 dollars. There were several specials in addition to what was on the menu, so it was hard to choose. In the end, two of us shared:

Sardines - This was a very simple preparation of 3 whole sardines - butter, garlic, not much else. These reminded me of fish I ate in Greece - very clean and fresh tasting, and the light sauce only served to bring out the natural sardine flavor - I guess in Sardinia it's the same general idea. This was one of the specials.

Octopus Stew - We were debating between this dish and a seafood salad, which I saw on a neighboring table (and it looked good!) The stew was good - the octopus was cooked perfectly, very tender and the tomato sauce was thick. Great for bread dipping, but I didn't love the flavor - perhaps a bit heavy on an herb or combination of herbs that I couldn't quite identify. But still I'd give this sauce a 7.5 on a scale of 1-10, and I can see how others might love it.

Pasta (tagliatele?) with tuna heart and tuna belly - This was also a special, and I might have the description slightly wrong - not really sure what parts of the tuna were in this dish. This was different from the tuna heart dish at Incanto. It had chunks of actual fish, along with capers. It was very good, though not as good as the other pasta dish.

Pasta with bottarga and cauliflower - This was truly excellent. I thought it had a lot in common with the shaved tuna heart and egg yolk pasta at Incanto, only better. The sauce was creamy - I could barely make out small chunks of cauliflower, and the bottarga added a wonderful flavor without overpowering or making the dish too rich. I agree with Celeste's assessment that this is a MUST GET.

For dessert we shared the gelatos, which I had read about here. Flavors were:

Asiago w/ fig, Sapa, Saffron

One scoop of each, served on a nice little plate with three sections. We both liked the Sapa the best, although each flavor had its own merits. The saffron had a drizzle of honey over it which was delicious. A great way to end the meal.

Service was very friendly - we spoke at least once with nearly every staff member, including the chef, owner, both waitpersons, etc. - they all visited our table. I liked the vibe of the restaurant, which was noticeably less fancy feeling than Incanto or Aziza, two other restaurants I have really enjoyed in a similar price range. We each had a glass of wine, shared a bottle of sparkling water, and the total bill before tip was 87 dollars. I think the meal was a good value, and I'd definitely return, especially with people who like fresh seafood.

Thanks again to everyone for the recommendations.

Dave MP

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