Started with white bean soup w/orrichete and pancetta and a spinach salad (IMHO this is a signature salad that any restaurant in the city would be proud to serve) accompanied by a delicious and full chianti. I had scallops w/pumpkin risotto served in a bright seasonal pumpkin. The pumpkin alone was so good and the risotto was nicely seasoned with fresh rosemary. Pomegranate seeds and pumpkin seeds sprinkled around the scallops. Does it get any more autumnal than this?
Hub had his ususal favorite - homemade cavatelle with peas, pancetta, sausage in a smoky creamy cheese sauce. This dish never disappoints.
The slow roasted lamb looked fantastic and the cheese fondue was ever popular at many tables. Wonderful service - wish I knew the name of the guy who is such a great waiter and he's been there forever - has a ponytail and he always makes us feel so welcomed.
Anyway, the weather outside is lousy but all is still warm and beautiful at Grotto.