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Trattoria Zero Otto Nove

bosun | May 8, 200810:41 AM

Finally check out 089 and I have to say that it totally met my high expectations. My sister and I went on a Sunday afternoon. We got there 10 minutes before they opened and there was already a line forming! We were seated quickly and decided that we'd each get an appetizer and split a pizza. She got the Portobello al Forno and I decided on the Insalata di Arugola. Both of the dishes were wonderful. My sister's had been warmed in the brick oven, and the goat cheese on top was warm, creamy and light. My salad was very simple but very good, large shavings of parmigiano reggiano and a nice light lemon and olive oil dressing. We had to get one of the special pizzas and it wasn't hard to decide which one, at least for us - La Riccardo. Smoked mozzerella, butternut squash puree, pancetta, and basil = perfection. The mozzerella was creamy, not overly smokey and really melded well will the spicy, salty pancetta. The squash puree was perfect as a base because it really didn't overshadow any of the other flavors, but you did get hints of it as you ate away. The crust, to me, was perfect. Not too crispy, but thin and tender. The table olive oil was so good that I was glad that they had a hearty crust for dipping at the end. When we finished our meal we were not super stuffed, and everything had been so delicious we had to sneak a peak at the dessert menu. We both glanced at it and instantly wanted the same thing, which is pefect because the Pizza all Nutella is for two! Not too much to say about this one; same perfect crust, rich nutella and powdered sugar. We were in a carb coma after but totally happy!
I will be happy to return and try everything on the menu - one dish at a time!

Service note: There were a lot of guys on the floor that day, which made you feel a little rushed. My sister finished her appetizer before me and the server took her plate and looked at me and sort of stood there. Me, with fork in hand, looked back and said "I am not finished yet", he then walked away. Sort of awkward, but nothing too major.

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