So I went over to I Trulli for dinner tonight with my wife...taking in our first RW dinner of the season. Oddly enough, the restaurant doesn't mention RW anywhere on anything nor on the menu. Instead, it was the Alpulian Menu. The offerings were good, about 5 choices for each of three courses. Here's what we had...
Panelle Chickpea Fritters with Goat Cheese and Sicilian Caponata - The fritters and goat cheese were considerably better than the last time I had this. The Caponata was less exciting (and no sign of pine nuts nor golden raisins this time) than last time (a week and a half ago).
Panzerotti Small Apulian Calzones Filled with Mozzarella and Tomato - tasted like a cross between a homemade donut, a zeppoli and a spidini - but less enjoyable than any of these by themselves. Three came on a plate. These cost $10 and quite frankly, was bored with them. At best, they should have given us them as an amuse or something. Don't buy this.
Tonnarelli Thick Spaghetti with Seafood and Light Tomato Sauce - the winner of the night. My mom ordered this last time and it had a flavor and smell that was scallop heavy but was very good. Tonight, my wife ordered it. Hardly a scallop to find, instead, it was calamari-heavy. But this version of it was even better than the one my mom ordered. A real winner for the evening. The sauce was excellent. Order this.
Cavatelli Apulian Flour Dumplings with Broccoli Rabe and Roasted Almonds - I ordered this and couldn't finish half of it. Blech. Borderline awful. The cavatelli was good but the broccoli rabe was well over cooked and the roasted almonds just did not work in this dish at all. Very poor. Highly recommend avoiding this dish. Note: It was recommended to me by the waiter...more on him in a sec.
Panna Cotta al Caffe Coffee Silky Cream with Caramel Sauce - Pretty good but we were given forks to eat it. 'WTF? Ugh. On that note...about the service...
Service was lacking at best. We got sat right away, no problem with the hostesses (yet). Took a longer than average time for the waiter to take our orders after being given our menus. When he did arrive, we never were given a list of Specials. Our candle was the only one not lit. Never got lit until halfway through our meal when my wife told me to light it. So I did. Our waiter was gruff, hardly pleasant at all and not at all in tune. The other waiter for the 2 top next to us was on the ball. I wish we had him. Getting the check ended up being a long affair and when we got it, he dropped it and walked away...no thank you, no have a nice night, no nothing. Signed the bill and walked out. The hostesses and manager were hanging out, and by hanging I mean leaning up against the walls or on the phone (personal call no doubt) and didn't say goodnight or thank you. We actually walked slow out to the door to at least encourage a thank you/good night. Nothing. Unbelievably poor service. I've seen better in a diner on Long Beach Island.
Overall, not the night I was looking for. I will not be returning to I Trulli for quite some time...be warned. Go to Il Buco or Tuscan, spend a few extra bucks but get what you deserve in both food and service.
The room, however, and the outdoor patio where we sat (the larger of the two patios this time - the smaller one was closed off) are still lovely.
Below is my previous review.