Restaurants & Bars

Teatro and Dedo

Joanie | Feb 2, 2004 06:52 AM

Finally got to try these two places. Teatro's bar was crowded at 7:30 on a cold Thurs. We were told it'd be about 30 min but were seated in 15 or so. I got some pretty signature martini w/ chambord and whatever else (featured on Phantom Gourmet or TV Diner). My friend had a red that was two words beginning with B and A (ring a bell to anyone?). Served in a little wine glass tho that I wouldn't expect a red to be in. It's a cool room but the place is as loud as everyone says it is, adds to the excitement tho. Started with arugula and caesar salads. The caesar had some of the palest romaine I'd seen but it was large and tasty. I may not have chosen well cuz the veal canelloni was fine but no big deal. My friend's pork shank on the other hand was amazing, big piece of tender pork with slightly oversweet mashed sweet potatos and greens. There were only three dessert choices, none of which appealed. We joked with the waiter that they had to expand the dessert menu. He was a sweet guy, good service. Total before tax/tip was about $76 for two wines, one martini, two salads and two entrees.

Dedo on the edge of Bay Village started slow but picked up on a Fri. nite around 8:15. The bar area seats about 20 and the dining room was bigger than I expected. Got the "Dedo martini" while waiting and heard some guys at the bar raving about the burger and how they'd never had a bad dish there. Certainly our two dishes kept the streak going. We split a nice simple salad w/ grapes and gorgonzola, eating it with kind of crispy bread pieces and spread. I had amazing seared sea scallops w/ roasted cauliflower and some cauliflower puree with truffle oil maybe ($21). I can't remember the exact description but the puree was rich and I didn't even bitch about no starches being served on the plate. My friend went with the gnocchi and squash which he loved ($17). Veggie choices were a little tough but they seemed like they would accommodate him as much as possible. Nice people working there in general, nice room, certainly a neighborhood place. I think my friend was the only straight guy there. Desserts had some twists which may or may not work for you. We went with the most basic, he got sorbet and I had pineapple upsidedown cake w/ banana ice cream which was fine ($8). Nothing on the menu was more than $22 which is great when you're eating such nice food.

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