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Paneolivo in Paso Robles

Food Tyrant | Apr 17, 200502:04 PM

Had lunch there yesterday.

Ordered the Salad with Crab Cakes, 1/2 order pommes frites, and the cannelloni. The cannelloni is no more and not available even though it is on the menu, so I switched to the ravioli.

The crab cakes were not very good at all. Gummy and bready, not very evocative of crab. Very dark brown.

The pommes frites were good but mainly because I haven't eaten french fries is a while. Not a great pommes frite standard.

The ravioli which I was told is housemade tasted good: cheesy with flecks of bright green spinach. The sauce however was tart butter wine sauce with dark spinach or chard leaves and diced tomato. Since tomato season isn't for another 4 months they were colorful additions and nothing more. Unfortunately the entire plate was covered with thin strips of what had to be plastic masquerading as Parmigiano Reggiano. They didn't melt, didn't taste very good and were chewy. I believe you can buy them at supermarkets in tubs that are marked Parmesan. About as bad as the green tubes.

So I have to say I wasn't impressed by the food.

We also ordered several pastries which we ate later.

The croissant was close to being good. Light, flaky and tender but needed much more butter to offer some more intense flavor.

The eclair was also good, but the chocolate pastry cream bordered on being overthickened.

The little bombe of shiny chocolate filled with choc mousse was very tasty indeed.

But my favorite was a mini-tart (tartlet?) of almond paste and pear. Quite yummy with an intense almond pear taste.

So I guess I would buy the pastries but avoid the rest of the food. At least until convinced otherwise

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