Santa Maria, we had a wonderful meal there! Coming hard after being routed from the BBQ Block Party without a hint of food, we felt in need of a serious fix and we feel lucky to have chosen Lavagna.
My companion started with an artistically presented carpaccio and I wanted to be soothed by the Prosciutto San Daniele. We both liked both a lot, although we had the rather churlish reaction that there was almost too much of the prosciutto. It is a testament to the beauty of the day that this was to be the level of our dissatisfaction.
We enjoyed both the rigatoni with fennel and spicy sausage and the pappardelle with braised rabbit, although I remember being rather overcome by the thought that I might be consuming Thumper. The serving of pappardelle was quite a bit smaller than the rigatoni, but Thumper made a very rich dish and was almost more than I could handle (and I can handle it!). Another time we might be persuaded by the oven baked fish of the day. It smelled wonderful as it wafted past.
We argued over the wine list and of course I was right again.
Neither of us desserts much, but we had the prix fixe and they were included. I had an apple tart with caramel sauce and loved it to death. Cant remember what he had. Being right about the wine had gone to my head at that point.
Lavagna is on the small side (not Prune small, though) but we liked the spacing of the tables and the noise level was kind. We were there on the early side, though, so that may have ramped up.
Can Le Tableau be far behind?