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Restaurant Week Report - La Famiglia

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Restaurant Week Report - La Famiglia

JanR | Jan 28, 2005 07:44 AM

We had a wonderful time at La Famiglia last night. It was our first time there and we definitely will be returning when it isn't restaurant week. Everyone we came in contact with from the staff was friendly and attentive.

The restaurant is lovely and I don't think there is a bad table in the place. The atmosphere is elegant but not at all stuffy. We ordered our wine and then went down to check out the impressive wine cellar. While we were there, the sommelier was there as well, to get our wine. He informed us that they were out of the amarone we'd chosen and suggested another (cheaper) amarone that he liked. I found this refreshing. The wine we ended up with was $75, by the way. Stemware was very nice and the sommelier decanted our wine.

Very nice Italian bread and roasted peppers in olive oil were brought to the table soon after we returned to the table. Water glasses were freqeuntly filled (I'm sorry, but it bothered me that we weren't even offered water at Le Bar Lyonnais, or butter for that matter). Dinner was delicious and the portions were big. I had gnocchi in a gorgonzola sauce with peas, which seemed to have been put under a broiler. Wonderful. My husband had a very generous dish of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. Very nice. For entrees, I had the veal marsala with mushrooms (delicious but I couldn't finish it after the gnocchi). My husband had steak au poivre. Again, a very generous serving and delicious. The waiter said it was his favorite and on their regular menu as well. The whipped potatoes and lightly breaded zucchini with accompanied both dishes were yummy. We weren't given a choice for dessert but can't complain as it was a trio of mascarpone cheesecake, profiterole and the last I can't remember but I liked it.

As I said, we will return (in spite of their normally high prices). I think the prices are justified.

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