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Raleigh--Riviera?

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Raleigh--Riviera?

HeelsSoxHound | Jul 7, 2006 09:11 PM

Hey guys-- just wanted to see a general consensus on Riviera on Hartgett st. I had lunch there about a week after it opened with a big group of wine trade folks, and they did a multi course tasting meal for us that was quite good across the board. Highlights were a sweetbread course, cornmeal crusted and pan fried with thinly sliced prosciutto and melon vinaigrette; mint tagliatelle with lamb ragu and summer vegetables (admittedly, straight out of the babbo cookbook, but very well executed); and a foie gras "profiterole" for dessert. Profiterole is in quotes here, because I was expecting foie ice cream (an interesting idea in and of itself), and instead was served the profiterole pastry with a pretty piece of seared foie and a moscato reduction sauce (i believe some roasted pear in there as well.) really excellent flavors and textures, although not, imho, a profiterole. service was pretty good, although we were clearly being made a priority in a not very busy setting. i'd love to go back for dinner, but i want to see if my experience was an anomaly or a trend leaning toward an excellent debut for an ambitious restaurant. neat, eclectic little wine list, too, although i hope the dinner list is a tad more expansive. thoughts?

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