Was going to try Kitchen on Common in Belmont last night, but somehow decided to stray across the street to Savinos instead. I had hit Savinos when it first opened, back then it felt like it had not quite gotten it's legs yet.
My DC and I hit it last night and were VERY impressed.
We decided to go with the small plates which are served at the bar and in the "Cafe Area" in front, we ate:
- Bruschetta, perhaps the one slightly weak note of the night, could have used something to moisten the bread a bit more, but it was nicely grilled, with a red pepper paste, and some slivers of prosciutto. Some of the evoo from the table fixed it up nicely. Quibbling here, cause it was fine as is, just not great.
- The evoo included a dollop of some superb white bean puree, and the oil itself was top notch, very fruity, and peppery.
- The bread brought to the table was great. Could not quite place the bakery, but as good as any in Boston.
- We also had oven roasted mushrooms which included a nice mix of various (wild?) shrooms done just right
- The scallops and faro, two small very sweet scallops and a nice helping of anise fragrant faro were superb
- Warm spinach salad, excellent, large portion, hit the spot
- Mussels in sambuca, really sublime, totally delicious, perfect prep, the portion was a tad skimpy, but for $6 not outrageously so. My biggest shell was empty, another two mussels would have made this dish spot on perfect.
I was also blown away by the wine list. A dozen interesting bottles of red under $45, and a decent number (6 or so) under $35. Clearly some thought was given to this. When I asked the waitress to recommend one she conferred with another waiter, and made an excellent suggestion.
Dinner and wine before tip came to about $78.
I would do this again in a second. It is now on my permanent rotation. Quite frankly the food was just plain delicious.
Add to that that an amazing sundown special they are offering at the bar 5-7pm M-F (and maybe the cafe?) 3 small plates, and a cocktail or drink, for $22. I can barely get dinner and a drink at Buff's Pub (and I do LOVE Buff's) for that price. They were also doing a $35 prix fixe that I will try in the future.
The food was quite a bit better then Il Casale, and the vibe a bit mellower. With this place in my hood I finally have serious food in Belmont.