Restaurants & Bars 14

Panciuto Hillsborough

winedine | Apr 21, 200809:53 AM

I noticed an interest on this from Soiree thread so briefly,

We were a group of six. Menu is very limited; 4 apps, 4 entrees.

Spring salad plate with potato salad, baby carrots, beets, greens was very nice and refreshing . I am assuming all local. Prices are estimated $9

Short rib on bruschetta - 1 piece, 3 bite size. flavor good, enjoyed $8
I assume the beef was from local cattle, they have a 'fineprint' section on bottom of menu that states so

fried quail, stone grits, vin cotto (cooked wine) my favorite. Only complaint was a small small drizzle of vin cotto $11

sea scallops, asparagus risotto Generous 3 large sea scallops, risotto looked good, did not sample $11

Grilled Pork chop, gnocchi Did not try but this was the dish to order. Generous portion, enjoyed by the two that ordered it. $24

Black Spag, crumbled sausage, calamari, jalapenos, saffron tomato butter,
my entree, disappointing. Was expecting big bold flavors, but tasted too strongly of fishy calamari. No spice, no saffron taste. $22

Beef ragu with fettucini or papparedelle Very small portion, very dry( I guess in the Italian style) was expecting wow, flavors of long cooked beef etc. $22

We all ordered as a second course and had 1 ea of
Spin ricotta ravioli, pea shoots, radishes, light butter sauce - very very good. good use of salt too. Large ravioli, very flavorful, dish shouted SPRING

Lemon tart with a blackberry, whipped cream Think lemon curd (very good) excellent crust.

Choc cake - tasted like it was made somewhere else. Mousse like center tasted like made from Rich's whipped topping, disappointing.

very limited wine list but well chosen and reasonably priced

nice little starter of prosecco

bread was good, but we were a 6 top, got 6 portions of bread with apps (herbed butter is wonderful) and had to ask 3 more times to get more bread.

Service was slow, and not really very warm and welcoming. We were 1 of about 5 tables, if they did more than 20 covers that night I would be surprised.

Atmosphere was comfortable, large upholstered chairs, spacious dining, low noise level.
Most people were very casually dressed - shorts, more like golf attire.

Downtown Hillsborough looked really cool to check out though. Telupas (?) was very busy, outside seating.

Not sure if I would go again. While I did enjoy most of it, I had much higher expectations based on Greg Cox's review.

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