While it's been around for 12 years, I hadn't had the pleasure of dining at Rancho Pinot until Friday night. I had been to its sister restaurant Nonni's serveral times until it closed not to long ago.
We had 8:30 reservations and arrived to a 1/3 to 1/2 full place. No wait and we were seated immediately.
Our server was prompt and pleasant.
For starters we had the ricotta gnocchi with bolegnese and a special -- roasted quail with morel mushrooms and greens. The gnocchi was really rich and good meaty sauce. The quail was great -- very tasty and the sauce was yummy.
For entrees we had the lamb chops and a steak. They were out of the veal special -- i hate it when places are out of the special, Particularly when the server told me that the special would be the same the following night. Dang it!
The lamb chops were great. Served with greens and on a bed of white beans. Very tender, cooked just right. I had the strip, cooked rare plus. What I actually got was medium, but I stuck with it. Served with roasted potatoes, and on a bed of greens and portobello mushrooms. But, the best part was the yummy chimichuri sauce on the side. Nice fresh herbs and a little vinegary -- I don't think that traditional chimichuri had vinegar, but it was really good.
We had left overs so that we could order dessert, of course! Boyfriend had the chocolate budini -- kind of a cross between a bread pudding and a custard. Interesting, but not my fave. I had the honey pecan square with vanilla ice cream and bittersweet chocolate fudge sauce. I won -- it was so good, really rich. Wow, loved it. It was the favorite part of my dinner.
I forgot about the lovely bottle of wine, Cote du Beanue-Village, a really nice burgundy. Loved that too.
With everthing, including the tip, we were at about $190 or so. A little steep. Of course, we don't usually order 2 of everything -- apps, desserts, etc, but it was a special night. Next time, we'd probably share an app, dessert, etc to make it a little more reasonalbe.