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spataro is a worthy addition

vinovert | Sep 30, 2005 03:12 PM

More quiet and elegant than the Esquire Grill, Spataro is a worthy addition to the Capitol dining scene. Our party had the eggplant parmagiana appetizer ($6), excellently done, as well as the carpaccio ($9)-nice thinly sliced beef topped with an aged cheddar i believe. the romaine of hearts salad was also very nice with a distinct taste of fresh anchovy. For entries, the clam linginue ($13?) was good but perhaps too busy with the spices. my sea bass was well made ($18) but not overly exciting (and not overcooked). The hit was the line caught salmon ($18) from a farm by half moon bay, perfectly underdone and accompanied by lentils. Excellantly prepared. The skirt steak ($18) was also well prepared, but not overly exciting. Wine list was about double retail. Excellent, attentive service. And the restaurant baked bread was also very good. Overall, no goofs and a few high points. Worth giving another try butfood-wise, definitely a notch below my local in-town favorite - Waterboy.

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