Had dinner tonight at Tosca and my overall impression - while everything made for a nice evening out on the town, I wasn't particualrly blown away. A review of what we had:
Salad of radicchio and Bartlett pears with imported Gorgonzola cheese terrine and toasted walnuts.
Not a good effort here. A pile of chopped radicchio with some balsamic dressing mixed with walnuts. A slice of gorgonzola and pears. Pretty lame really.
Crispy strudel of braised duck and duck foie gras, local goat cheese with a salad of figs, fava beans with pancetta and lemon oil
what amounted to a spring roll stuffed w/ duck, with a salad greens (mache I believe), scattered with figs, cherry tomatoes, fava beans and pancetta. Overall ok, but not much flavor. duck was rather bland and no hint of dressing on the salad. tomatoes just seem to suck all around this year, and figs and fava beans never have a lot of flavor. found two pieces of pancetta. I was expecting more from this dish.
Lake Como valley's traditional ravioli of aged ricotta and raisins with butter, sage and parmesan sauce. This dish was a winner, interesting flavor combo and really nicely prepared ravioli. The sweetness of the raisin worked well with the cheese.
'Penne rigate' in a spicy tomato sauce with sautéed chopped Mediterranean octopus, capers, olives and roasted garlic. This was good but nothing spectacular, the octopus, capers, and olives where basically all minced together. A little on the bland side, with a light non-descript seafood flavor.
tiramisu. fluffy, gooey, coffeey tiramisu, nothing more, nothing less.
tomato marmelade sweet tart with ricotta-basil gelato and basil syrup sauce. Now this was an interesting dish, a small tart with ice cream on the side that was lightly hinted with basil. scattered with blackberries and blueberries. Sounds weird but it works!
so, it was a fun night out with a good friend, put on some fancy clothes and had a nice meal. Service was good, restaurant was mostly full, and the atmosphere was pleasent, comfortable noise levels, fairly attractive space that says formal without being dressy. However for a restaurant that is highly touted here and on other places, I was really expecting more from the food. The only clearly good innovative dishes were the ravioli and the tart dessert.
we spent $87 for dinner for 2 with one alcoholic drink and coffee tax and tip. Ballparking the figures we made out by about $10 or so comparing if we had of ordered the same off the regular menu on a regular evening.