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brief panzanella report

fat kitty | May 3, 200402:42 PM

so, was taken there sat night for dinner. i had low expectations based on previous reports....

we had an early res -- 6:30. place was PACKED during our meal. luckily we had a corner booth, so we could hear each other talk, but i'm sure the rest of the room was even more noisy....decor not to my taste, sort of corporate / contrived. service was pretty good overall, friendly and attentive, but not super professional...nice bread with pretty good black olive tapenade was set out. menu is larger than i expected but pretty standard.

on the recommendation of sbsp (thx!!!), i had the mushroom souffle, which was delicious -- very delicate. i tasted a rolled eggplant app -- eggplant was kind of dry and tough, goat cheese filling was good, but it could hv used some crunch, like from pine nuts. fried calamari app was fine, not exciting.

i avoided pasta and instead ordered wild salmon on a bed of spinich w/ a sauce of olives and sundried tomatoes. the whole dish tasted very oily (was not really due to the "wild" salmon, which i eat often). spinich was bitter. olive / sundried tomato "sauce" was not very flavorful and a bit dry. salmon was undercooked in the middle. i didn't taste any other dishes.

cheese plate was kind of silly -- 5 TINY slivers of various cheeses (parmigiano, pecorino, can't remember the others) w/ some figs and strawberries. nothing special. tiramisu was good, but basic.

i can think of no reason to ever go back. i hv not been to any of the other drago family places, so can't make any comparisons.

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