Had very enjoyable meal at Perbacco last night. Arrived way before they opened to get out of the downpour, and they could not have been nicer. Put a glass of water on the bar for me w/o my asking for it, and then gave me a mini wine tasting as they noticed I was perusing the wine list. I've been to many restaurants on the early side, and sometimes the staff can be chilly when they're not quite ready to put on their game face, which is understandable - they are trying to get ready to open. Perbacco's pre-opening warmth was refreshing. The place has an overall good vibe.
We went with the small plates option, no pastas nor entrees. We had the house marinated artichokes with argula and shaved parmesan, very good. The stuffed risotto balls, good, not quite as sophisticated as craftbar's (but twice the size). Octopus salad with potatoes and pesto. Baked eggplant, a little on the small side but very tasty, and fried olives stuffed with meat. The olives lacked punch, couldn't taste 'em, just tasted the meat.
Desserts were great. Warm flourless chocolate cake with pear tucked inside, served with sweetened mascarpone cream. (which could have been dessert all by itself, it was delish.) Open face banana tart with coconut cream and a shortbread crust with a hint of cocunut in it. Yum-my!
Wish there was place like this in my neighborhood.
It's on 4th St. between B and A. (cash only)