Finally got to the new Roberto's location this evening for an early (post-Broadway matinee) dinner. We arrived around 5:30 and were seated promptly (party of four). The new place looks much like the old place - same type of tables, same whiteboard specials, same general lighting/tone - but there's a small bar area up-front, more tables, and more spacing between the tables. It's a pleasant space, although a bit hard-surfaced and correspondingly loud.
But the food? It was terrific - in fact, an improvement over our last meal there, which was merely very good. Apps included specials of burrato served with caperberries on arugla, a baked casserole type serving of scallops and shrimp with tomato and fennel, and - from the regular menu - a grilled portobello mushroom glazed with balsamic vinegar and served with grilled zucchini strips and a fresh eggplant/tomato salad. Note that while we usually gravitate to the specials, there are plenty of very good choices on the menu.
For mains, one of us had the risotto special which was based on asparagus and smoked duck and had a delicious smoky flavor, another ordered radicchio cooked in foil with artichoke hearts, mascarpone, and truffle oil (outstanding), and two had the veal scallopine special - three veal scallops to the order served with each scallop surmounted by a slice of cottechino and a slice of tomato, covered with scamorza (melted smoked mozzarella) in a well-seasoned white sauce.
Cappucino followed, with an order of chocolate souffle and tira mi su (their version, and my wife's favorite). We drank house wine in carafes throughout the meal. The meal ran about $65 per person including tax and a 20% tip, which is about what we normally expect to spend (without ordering anything extraordinary from the extensive wine list - which goes up to around $700 for some Amarones, but which has plenty of reasonably priced selections of reds and whites from all regions of Italy).
It was as good as Roberto's can be, which is well worth going out of your way for. Note that within 20 minutes of our being seated, the place was full, and the bar area soon was filled with people waiting for tables.
We'll be back soon!
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