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Oliveto

Michael Rodriguez | Mar 28, 2003 12:19 AM

I've just returned from another wonderful meal at Oliveto. Tonight's high points: a plate of thinly sliced purple asparagus with olive oil and Parmesan. Superb ingredients not messed with. Grilled sardines with an intensely green sauce (parsley, green chili, and green pepper finely diced?).
Next came Florentine tripe--tripe in a vibrantly rich sauce, with just a little spinach. Then a grilled pigeon served on a bed of fava and pea sprouts.
Dessert was a bittersweet chocolate cake and some biscotti.
What most pleases me about this restaurant is the attention paid to the ingredients. The preparations almost always seem perfectly suited to the materials. And the wait staff is well informed about the food and wine.
Dinner for two with a cocktail, wine, and a glass of vin santo was $150.

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