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Sophia's Grotto, Roslindale Center

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Sophia's Grotto, Roslindale Center

emdb | Jan 21, 2006 12:08 PM

We had another lovely dinner at Sophia's last night, -- we hit it at peak time, 730, and waited about 40 minutes in the tiny bar area, enjoying our very reasonably priced wines by the glass (nero d'avola, 3.95 for me, grenache, 5.95 for the husband) and feeling gratified by the proprietress' checking in with us every 15 minutes or so. This place clearly is a huge hit in the neighborhood, and it makes me wish we lived within walking distance so that the husband and I could get nicely tanked on their excellent sangria.

We ate the whole basket of tasty/crusty/chewy fornax bread and chickpea spread, and split the arugula/goat cheese/red onion/crispy prosciutto salad, which was generously dressed with a lemony dressing. It's definitely more of an entree salad for one, but good to split between two. I had the gratin of scallops, one of the "small plates"-- five or so bay scallops gratineed in a chive/cheesey mashed potato smush that is so tasty and comforting. A glass of the white rioja (7.00) went nicely. The husband had the gnocchi, which was a special the last time we were there, and now seems to be a regular menu item. It came in a tomato/basil/cream sauce that had some meat in it, and for desssert a capuccino and a slice of really light, creamy new-york-style cheesecake. The gnocchi were excellent, creamy, light, soft, and clearly hand-made that day. I was also glad to see that the seafood-heavy entree section of the menu had more non seafood options and a better balance of meat, poultry, vegetarian, including a tasty roast pork tenderloin both of us wanted to try sometime when we were hungrier. Service was slow, in keeping with the teeny tiny kitchen, but attentive and competent. Dinner was 67.00 or so including wine-- a good value and a nice night.

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