Wow, there were certainly no issues last nite, except I have my mandatory 2 drink headache today which is a drag. But no problems servicewise last nite and the food was some of the best I've eaten recently. Got a drink at the bar which hit me quickly, Grey Goose, peach, prosecco and some other juice, very good ($9). One friend got a nice blood orange martini and another a more chambourd based one that didn't seem quite as good. Matt Siegel was sitting on the other side of us eating dinner w/ his wife. We were seated upstairs but I thought the downstairs was fine, there wasn't a cold breeze or anything. There's a nice cozy feel to the whole place.
Anyway, we started with two cichetti: fried sage leaves (3) and chicken & duck liver (about $3-4). I thought the sage leaves would be boring but the frying they did was light and perfect. Instead of actual livers, we got pate but that was very good too. A decent hearty white bread came with a nice spread which we ate while checking out the menu where everything sounded great. I went with the 4 course meal for only $35 (and just $15 more with wine if you can handle all that; here's full menu is at http://www.lamorra.com/menu.html). The salad was perfect, the pasta w/ boar sausage was amazing, lamb shank was good and I kept leftovers to save room for your choice of the dessert menu. Two of us got the hazlenut cake w/ chocolate sauce and I ate the whole thing. Also tasted a nice mussel soup, rabbit with a wonderful rich potato side dish and a great skate entree. I even ordered red wine which makes sense but I usually always go with white, a barillo maybe? (Tried to find it on the menu but no luck). Nice and smooth ($8). It was all wonderful. If I had to pick something that went wrong, the espresso machine or something was causing a racket and the waitress was maybe a tiny bit slow in taking our first drink/cichetti order, but that's nitpicking. Yummy.
Also had a good pizza at Di Mio in Porter Sq., duck, bacon, caramelized onions, goat cheese, pine nuts. There might have been too much topping on the pizza but it was good and that bacon lardon sure was tasty (altho maybe it overpowered the duck a little). Pricey, 14" pizza for $17.95. We split a pretty good Di Mio salad with some extras on nice greens for $5.95, but the dressing was kind of boring and served in a little plastic cup. Lots of interesting combos and I'd try it again if Porter Sq. weren't so far away.