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Review: Asheville's Savoy

danna | Oct 14, 200209:34 AM

Finally made it to Savoy after showing up un-reserved a few weeks ago to find a private party on Fri. night. Showed up un-reserved again and with husband in the ubiquitous shorts but were luckly allowed a table on the patio.

There was a reasonable selection of wines by the glass. (sorry, didn't look at the rest of list) The antipasti were fantastic. One of the better antipasti platters I've had. All the usual suspects plus fennel, leeks, two kinds of beans, some really good cheese I could not identify, and sopreseta that had my sausage-snob husband pleased and surprised. So, the appetizer was the highlight of the meal. The bread was good, but not great, and the rosemary flavor I suppose was there to make up for the mediocre olive oil.

I had the penne in a tomato/red pepper tomato/vodka/cream sauce. It was very good. The grilled shrimp I had added were VERY good. Just perfectly (barely) cooked. I wish my own shrimp turned out that well at home. Honorable mention for highlight of the meal.

Husband had the linguine in broth with anchovies, raisins, arugula, and shrimp. Sounded like a great combo to me, I was actually going for that until he ordered it. Glad I didn't. It wasn't bad, but there were no raisins to be seen(could have used the sweetness), I couldn't taste the arugala, and there were capers GALORE. Kind of made it taste like pasta in vinegar sauce.

The main courses looked very interesting, but we needed to carb up. The desserts also looked interesting, I was surprised and pleased not to see the typical Tiramisu (although I love a great one), cannoli, etc. We passed, so can't review them .

The crowd was a tiny bit on the elderly side...and WAY on the affulent side. Sitting on the patio(in the parking lot), we were nearly parked upon by a car that cost more than our first house.

In conclusion, Savoy offered a very nice meal at a relaxed pace. We will return.

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