Restaurants & Bars 5

RW Dinner - Tosca

Jim Zurer | Jul 31, 2002 03:24 PM

We went to Tosca last night and I have to say that the whole RW menu thing was indeed handled right--three reasonable choices for each course.

My wife had the zucchini flowers (well fried, but a bit unusual to have the crab filling), the sea bass--a nice portion (maybe a little overcooked)--with spinach, and the chocolate cake dessert (she said it was good).

Since I am not a dessert eater generally (and there was none of my favorite dessert--panna cotta--listed), I ordered from the regular menu.

I had the caprese (not buffalo milk mozzarella as described in a previous post); the tomatoes were just okay, the cheese was too firm for my taste and not luscious enough--I swear by the fresh mozzarella from Va-Ce--and the pesto swirls were a bit odd. My pasta dish--pappardelle with sweetbreads, pancetta and porcini mushrooms--was outstanding. The pasta was silky and the topping rich without being unctous. It was a big portion.

My two dishes came to $26...and if I had had dessert, my total would have climbed to $33 (which doesn't make the RW menu sound like such a great deal). We had a Valpolicella from the Veneto...which was good but not necessarily worth the $30.

This was my first trip to Tosca and I liked the space...sort of cool and calming. The restaurant was only about half full at 8 pm. I thought the service was a little amateurish; it was like they were auditioning new young waiters on a slow week in July. They certainly weren't warm or particularly professional--which was surprising to me after all I had read.

But I would go back...certainly for more pasta.

Jim Zurer
Washington DC

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