I finally had dinner at Emporio Rulli and was about to write it off until the short ribs arrived. What a magnificant dish.
The ribs were flavored with fennel and sat on a bed of polenta that was flavored with orange peel. The polenta was surrounded by a rich garlicky beef gravy. It came out really hot. I liked that they were not huge portions or overly fatty as short ribs can be. You wouldn't think these flavors would work together, but they were wonderful. Nice foccacia comes as the dinner bread, all the better to sop up the last gravy.
I was hugely disappointed in the appetizers and salad. On a previous occasion I just had the fennel, orange and pomegranite salad. Looks bad .... one white clump. tastes like nothing.
With dinner I had the pear and procuitto appetizer ... awful. The pears were anjou, not ripe enough and sliced thin like potato chips. Again bad presentation with the procuitto just piled on top of the pears.
So after the appetizers, I was going to forget about Rulli. I think I'll just skip those in the future and concentrate on the entrees.
They also have wine tastings ... 2 whites ... 2 reds ... $7. Also you get a history of everything there is to know about the wine. Not a bad way to kill some time.
Loved the tiramisu. The presentation wasn't great ... in a huge martini glass making it difficult to eat. However those chocolate lady fingers were swimming in liquor and marscopone. Pretty decadent.
Rulli probably isn't anyplace I would take someone to dinner. That doesn't seem to be their focus. There's only a handful of appetizers, salads and entrees. But if you need a place to zip in for a nice meal without the hassle of reservations, I'd recommend it .. and go again.
The place is just pretty and relaxing to me. It is also nice to go somewhere in prime dinner time and just have a coffee with some cookies and not feel pressured to eat a full meal. It's a nice place to hang out.