From LA for a short conference.
Tuesday night: I Ricchi - the overall experience was slightly worse in comparison from my visit 1 year ago. Shared 2 appetizers with my dining partner - sauteed wild mushrooms, which was decent but now a wow dish, and a spinach filled pasta which was quite good. We had to ask for the bread, and we had to ask for olive oil and vinegar. Their wine markups are also too high and we could not afford the Amarone we wanted to and settled for a lesser full bodied Italian red (excellent recommendation from our waiter). My entree, same as last year, had three meats cooked in the same style - this was just OK - I should have tried something else but just could not make up my mind. My friend had the mixed grill. He felt the sausage was passable, but the other meats were good.
Wednesday night: Sam & Harry's - larger group. Did not realize how big the place is - it continues inside for quite a stretch. Great and huge selection of wine - we had 2 wonderful reds (another person was doing the chosing all 3 nights). I had the lobster bisque - which was good, and would have been great with a touch more sherry. I also had their spiced grilled steak - which was quite good.
Thursday night: Filomena's in Georgetown - real atmosphere - the 1998 Amarone Della Valpollicella was a bit of a disappointment - did not live up to its billing. Shared appetizers were the buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes and basil (good); lightly battered and not-greasy calamari (excellent with just a squeeze of lemon and without the red sauce ); antipasti platter (OK). I had their breaded thinly pounded veal cutlet (on the confident recommendation of the waiter amongst 2 other choices) - it was a large piece of meat, and OK but not outstanding - sort of what I was expecting for the place. I suspect I would have been happier with my original choice of the seafood risotto special for the day. Overall, an enjoyable experience.
Now to stay dry through the coming rain for today and the weekend before heading back to LA.