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RW Tosca

Steve | Jan 23, 2003 03:50 PM

Went for the first time, not sure if I would go with the promotion, but the salad I had my eye on included candied walnuts. Since I have an aversion to this popular but hideous restaurant trend - more on that later - I opted for RW.
Started with squash soup with sausage and amaretto cookie crumbled in. The sausage and cookie were nice touches, but the soup tasted of nothing but salt and more salt. When the waiter saw I had trouble with this, he politely inquired, and though I don't usually complain in restaurants, did so and he offered another kind of soup or maybe a house salad as a substitution. Egad, not more soup! So I went with the house salad. Waay too oily. Would've cost 6 bucks; was worth zero.
Main course was wonderful and surprising. Said short ribs on the menu, so I wrongly assumed beef, but turned out to be baby back pork ribs. Not BBQ, so tough meat, and they provided a bowl of lemon water for the fingers and extra napkins. Flavor was great, beautifully spiced, and exterior was amazing, pefectly crunchy. Served over gentle mound of cabbage, some arugula, with a delicate balsamic sauce and pignoli and golden raisins on top. Damn, that's my kind of food! No gracious way of eating it, you just have to dig in. Only problem - they gave me too many. Thought I would stop at four ribs, but they gave me seven. I got a second wind, though, and I polished off the rest with no problem.
Dessert was a moist corn cake with sides of ice cream and candied nuts (finally, dessert is the place for candied nuts, not salads) with a light caramel sauce and some fresh berries on top. Gentle flavors throughout.
If Tosca had any service problems in the past, looks like they took care of them.
My conclusion is that I'm willing to pay more for nice service and surroundings - like Tosca - when appropriate, but I've never found 'upscale' restaurants to be superior to the eating that can be found in the 'hood. It just costs more.

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