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Brad Ballinger | Dec 20, 201012:44 PM     4

Went to Risotto last Saturday night with the neighbors to celebrate a double birthday (the two women were both born in December). Made the reservation using Open Table. In the notes section, I noted it was a double birthday celebration. No acknowledgement of such by the restaurant. Loss of points. If you're going to use Open Table, use it for more than just numerical data.

Appetizers. The four of us split three appetizers. The green bean souffle wasn't really a souffle. It was served as a wedge, and was more like a terrine. Even so, it had great green bean flavor, some complexity, and a just light enough texture. We also ordered the cheese and salami plate. No salami, but prosciutto. Three cheeses - gorgonzola, reggiano, and a chevre that was blended with herbs. Had to use bread (crostini would have been a better touch). And we got a polenta cake topped with grilled shrimp, roasted corn, tomaotes, onions, and other flavors. Too much going on, lack of focus, overcooked shrimp.

Main courses. This being my first time, I decided to order the restaurant's namesake, a dish of risotto. My first option was the caramelized onion and fig. After ordering it, I was informed that they only offer it when figs are in season, which hadn't been for months (and it's on the menu still why?). So I got the saffron, Sicilian sausage, and asparagus version. Sausage spciy, but overwhelmed all the other flavors. Rice overcooked. Criminal. My wife got the mushroom risotto. Better harmony of flavor. Still overcooked. The other couple enjoyed the rabbit pappardelle (although I thought the meat was cut too fine - almost ground rabbit), but the pasta had a nice texture; and the grilled tuna. Everything priced attractively/affordably.

Desserts. Flourless chocolate torte was fine. Panna cotta with raspberry sauce had a nice consistency, but perhaps too much sauce.

Wine. Good, affordable wine list. Lots of options from Italy, and some from other parts of the world. Reds, however, are stored in a rack along the back wall and are, therefore, too warm. Order a bucket of ice to chill your bottle slightly if you order red wine.

Ambience. The room is nice. Warmly decorated. Tables that can easily be moved to accommodate parties of various sizes.

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