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melograno

nittany | Oct 20, 2003 11:31 AM

went friday night (were going to lauletta's but the rain kept us closer).

Superb. In every aspect. Had to wait (don't take reservations) and it is small, so that is limiting, but it was woth it.

Waiter was very attentive without being annoying. He was a little goofy, but i don't mind that in a little place such as this (it ain't le bec fin). Kept our water glasses filled, brought us more bread when needed and helped us around the menu. Sounds simple, but in small restaurants it is often lacking.

Started with the sampler (12 bucks - for 2 and worth every penny). YUM! It is rare that i think a 12 dollar app is worth it but it was! Went to italy this summer and i felt like i was back with this plate. Proscuitto, salami, fresh mozerella, 3 crostinis (whitefish, mushroom, and we couldn't tell) grilled eggplant, grilled zuchini, a roasted artichoke crown, a variety of olives (yum) and a few things i'm sure i'm, forgetting) - i would go back for this alone.

dinner was equally good. i had the wild mushroom parpedelle (homeade parpadelle (so good ) with wild msuhrooms, truffle oil, walnuts, and fresh grated cheese - 14), husband had chicken layered with fresh tomatoes, eggplant and fontina cheese (16). Both were really good and fresh tasting. I did think some of the fishes and beefs (23-25) that went by were a might small for the price, but we were happy with our portions.

Ended with a chocalate soufle with coconut gelato (9 bucks - pricey imo for desert but it was excellent). Deserts all homeade except for the obligatory tartufo (i asked) - very yummy.

Only been open a couple months, but hopefully they will be around awhile. Location = 22nd and pine

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