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[MSP] Al Vento


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[MSP] Al Vento

mtullius | Aug 3, 2008 04:50 PM

In searching the board, I found that lots of 'hounds like this place. We went last night with a group of friends. The Turtle and I were most unimpressed.

I had the tortellini w/ chard and ricotta, topped with "mother sauce" (what they call their standard red sauce, apparently). The Turtle had the bucatini all'amatriciana.

We all shared some appetizers and Turtle had a caesar salad. For dessert we had some tiramisu.

The tortellini were fine enough, though I couldn't taste too much underneath the sauce-- which was heavily, heavily, seriously over-salted. The only things it tasted like were salt and basil.

The bucatini all'amatriciana was quite awful: the sauce was mostly tasteless, with zero spiciness (this particular sauce is supposed to have hot pepper and tocino, sort of like Italian bacon). It was rather beefy-- kind of tasted like broth.

The tiramisu was presented prettily, but had bad consistency (rather gritty) and was fairly tasteless.

All in all, our impression of the food was poor. The service was fine, and the place has a nice enough ambience.

I admit: we have very high standards for Italian food. But I'd much rather go to one of our lovely "red sauce Italian-American" type places, since at least they don't pretend to be more than they are.

The only place so far we've had really good, reasonably authentic Italian food is Osteria I Nonni. Are there any we've missed?

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