Reporting back on the New Year's Eve party at Rialto. Food and service were both outstanding. It was civilized, no crowding (first time I experienced that on the Eve) Band was terrible, but not loud, so we won't count that.
We had eight courses well prepared and served at the right temperature. We started with a Wellfleet oyster with caviar on top. I asked for another it was so good. Next, were bay scallops with a small salad on the side. This was followed by prosperity stew-really, beans and mushrooms and a yummy broth. Then, some rare squab breast with polenta. Then two small lamb chops in a sauce which included pomegranate juice with some braised lamb shoulder. A young pecorino with fig and honey. A little piece of hazelnut torte and some sort of chocolate pudding. We had a good body of Barolo-pricey but not offensively so. (My husband became apoplectic once at Acqua in San Francisco at the wildly inflated prices on their list.) There were nice, less expensive choices.
Admittedly, it was an expensive evening, very, but we received value for price. The amount of food was not overwhelming over three hours. It was a happy splurge for two old foodies.