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oliveto oceanic dinner

annibananie | Jun 10, 200605:53 PM

One more night to go for Oliveto's Oceanic Dinner, so worth a post. We ate there last night.

Over-all, we had a great time, good food, a lot of fun.

Ambience plus/minus. Tables crowded (using the downstairs as well). Noise level could be more muted. They were accommodating re our table request.

Service was right on the edge of old-school-charm and grouchy. In the main, friendly and competent. But our waiter argued with us in a sort of imperious way re how we wanted to order (perhaps they needed to turn the table, and the worry was that we would over-stay, if we ordered some appetizers and then decided if we wanted more.) Forgot fava beans w/ the entrees. Double espresso came as a double cappucino. Wine recommendations were helpful.

The smoked, salted, marinated fish platter was to die for. Exceptionally wonderful fish, beautifully prepared. We ordered two for four and were speechless with pleasure, each kind of fish and preparation better than the next.

The cannelloni with dungeness crab and morel mushrooms was a great second course. Two of us shared one order, which was just right. It was a lovely meld of flavors, sumptuous.

From there we move from A/A+ to A-. The frito misto was good, fun to eat, well fried, nice sauce. The sea bass was also quite good, but not exciting.

The only miss was the fava bean dish which they initially forgot to serve: way too salty.

Dessert was over-all good. I loved my strawberry ice cream sandwiches--crisp cookie, great ice cream, a bit hard to eat (ice cream was very soft, so it kind of went splat w/ a fork/spoon effort). One of our party had panna cotta, which she liked a lot(I'm not a fan in general, so not the best judge). I very much liked the lemon verbena sherbert, but others were more equivocal. And the tangerine sgroppino (tangerine sorbet w/ proseco)just didn't have my name on it (don't love winey ices).

It wasn't the best meal we've ever had. But it was far better than the last couple special dinners we've had there (whole hog and tomato). That appetizer smoked, salted, marinated fish platter will stay with us for a good long time!

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