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The Purple Rose - Taos - Review

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The Purple Rose - Taos - Review

Tim K | Aug 12, 2005 12:46 PM

The Purple Rose Italian Restorante is one of those rare "finds" that must be shared. On our recent vacation to the Western USA we came across this
resturant just outside of Taos. Anyone who likes Italian cuisene and is anywhere near Taos NM MUST visit this place. Owner Jeanne Timber and Executive Chef Craig Kennah have created a bit of Italy in the mountains outside of Taos. Did I mention that the view out of the dining room window is spectacular? We saw 4 rainbows over the mountains at the same time.

But it's a resturant. Food should be the most important thing. The food here is the most authentic Italian I have had in a long, long time with one exception. I told Jeanne that the maranara is VERY close to what my Italian grandmother used to make. The Purple Rose Antipasto was very good. Maybe a little too much balsimic. The complimentary Rose Knots were excellent. These are dinner rolls soaked in butter and garlic served warm. Entrees were very good. The meatballs were very large and excellent. Everything was loaded with flavor. I ordered a Cappellini Puntanesca for our pasta course as puntanesca is one of my favorites. It was not the traditional puntanesca I am used to as it had a lot of artichoke hearts and onions and not many capers or olives. BUT, I would order it again, and that's the real test isn't it? The limited wine list has adequate selections to complement your
meal. We enjoyed a nice Barbera with our meal. Prices seemed reasonable. Service was friendly and above average.

It's always a good sign when you walk into a place with your SO and you look
at each other and say in unison "Boy, this place smells good". So, next time you are in Taos go to:

The Purple Rose, 88 HWY 150, Ski Valley Road, Taos, NM 87571
505-776-1444

Tim K.

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