Went to Dinette (1514 E Olive Way) for the first time last night and had a great time. The food is mostly small plates with a few specials on the board. Unfortunately they ran out of the Venison that we were hoping for but the order on the table next to ours looked delicious.
We had the Toast Assortment $13; three big bruscetta -one with chicken liver pate and Mamma Lils Peppers, one with an herbed fritatta and truffle oil, and the third with fig paste, proscuitto (not from Salumi) and arugala. They were all fine although for the price I was hoping for a bit more umph.
Next came a warm salt cod spread probably my favorite dish of the evening, creamy and just about perfectly made. The clams with Chorizo were also excellent although the portion size seemed a bit skimpy the clams were well cooked and the chorizo deliciously smoky. Our last course was ricotta gnocchi with braised short ribs. You couldnt really taste the ricotta in the gnocchi but the dish was quite good, again a bit small for the price.
They have lots of wines by the glass which I always appreciate although they dont give you the appellation of the wines just the winery and the vintage so if you dont know that Cavatappi is a Washington State winery you still might not know at the end of the evening.
We didnt order any desserts as the bread pudding that our server told us about was out by the time he put in our order.
Service was very good if a bit overly familiar. Have we eaten here before asked our server when we sat down. Considering the type of service I am used to here on Capitol Hill a bit overly familiar is no big deal.
All in all I would recommend this place it is great to have good small restaurants opening on the Hill we need them. I hope that this space isnt going to kill them as there is very little parking and virtually no foot traffic here.