Thursday afternoon. Wonderful, wonderful service. Very professional with a hint of formal but zero pretentiousness. Just comfortable compared to Radius' stuffiness the other day. They let me park in the valet space out front, which was nice. The main dining room is quite lovely, high ceilings, the art really wasn't my taste, but it was fanciful. Nice lighting throughout the place, they sure spent some money there. The decor seemed more colonial to me though, with linens and dark wood.
Zucchini mint soup - the puree was a little thick for my "date" so he added just a splash of water. They placed the bowl down first, lined with a ring of olive oil and with a small bit of finely cubed zucchini and some kind of cheese layered in the center. Then they pour the soup from a teapot. It was a nice touch.
Panzanilla salad with tomatoes and basil. Not so special but the flavors were very nice. Heirloom tomatoes in there, yellows, some green tigers and more, plus some red onion and basil. The bread was a little too soppy, but that didn't stop me from eating it all.
Tuna pasta with capers, olives, tomatoes, pinenuts, raisins in a tomato sauce. It is the square spaghetti from the earlier post. The portion was big, especially compared to other RW experiences. I could have done without the raisins as the tomato (grape?) were quite sweet. It was a tasty dish though, the pasta was cooked nicely and felt like toothy ramen noodles.
Roast (?) pork loin with white beans and roasted peppers. This was a big portion, too. The meat was well cooked, soft inside, nice edges outside. The beans and peppers didn't do anything for me.
Panna cotta which my date tells me was not really panna cotta (which is milk, cream, sugar, and gelatin), it was more like ice cream. I got a few tastes that were more like it had a cheese base (buttermilk?) It was served on a blueberry sauce with a few blueberries placed on top. The taste reminded me of the hot vanilla from Toscanini's, mmmm.
Also, we ordered an extra app. which my friend suggested. It's a large slice of eggplant, perfectly prepared, breaded and fried layered with see-though thin slices of cheese (I didn't catch what) with some juicy tomatoes on the plate. The eggplant was wonderfully sweet and the dish was nice and hot. Very good.
Again, service was fantastic. Professional yet comfortable. And the food was pretty good. I'm looking forward to going back another time soon to try more of the menu and I'm even more glad that at least one of my RW meals has me feeling that way. Thank you Via Matta!