Restaurants & Bars 5

via matta - RW

lori | Aug 20, 2003 12:01 PM


It's fun to read everyone's Rest Week reviews; so far I kind of wish I'd made a rez at Sandrine's - Dax, your meal sounded great.

Hit Via Matta for lunch, Day 2 of Rest. Week. It was pretty good.

Menu was as follows:

Chilled zucchini soup
(cold, very flavorful. Not something I'd order but I did enjoy it)

Panzanella w/tomato and basil.
(tasted like summer in a bowl. mmm. Actually, it was like a gazpacho, with hunks of bread in the sop up the olive oil, chunks of tomatoes, basil, etc.)

Roasted pork tenderloin
(neither i nor my companion had this....sounded like it might be good)

Chitara w. tuna, capers, tomatoes.

Chitara (sp?) is a type of pasta...our waiter said it was a square pasta which led both of us to think it was some sort of ravioli style, however when it was served it was basically spaghetti. Perhaps it has a square cut vs a round one? I am not sure...a more accurate description from the waiter would have been helpful I think. This pasta dish was...just ok. The pasta was excellent; I am pretty sure it was homemade..deliciously al dente. The sauce...basically a tomato sauce with shreds of Italian tuna thrown in..a little too 'tuna' y for my taste, and my companion's... I know this is a popular dish in Italy, and I also known canned Italian tuna is certainly a more intense's a dark tuna, which automatically gives it a stronger flavor...I just think it's a more acquired taste and I'm surprised during rest week they wouldn't go a little more mainstream when you're only offered two choices - perhaps this same pasta with calamari and/or clams would have worked better...


An absolutely sublime vanilla panna cotta...really intense vanilla flavors with really prominent flecks of vanilla beans...a delicious berry coulis/sauce underneath with fresh blueberries sprinkled on top. Very simple, but real, fresh, intense flavors. MMM. I could have eaten another one of these....

I wasn't blown away, but 2 out of 3 courses were excellent...a great deal for $20.

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