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Tutti Matti -- report

PT | May 24, 2006 09:46 PM

Just in from a fine evening at Tutti Matti, where we'd been for the first time last summer.

We started with the special antipasto platter, which was smaller than last summer's offering, but the three elements were impeccable: pecorino with fava beans, perfectly ripe figs with fennel salami, and a perfect Caprese salad (heirloom tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, basil, balsamic reduction).

We split pastas as our 'mains' -- fettucine con funghi (great pasta, but sauce a little lacking in 'oomph', even with black truffle paste and shaved white truffle atop) and pappardelle con stracotto (the clear winner - braised brisket in tomato sauce, with garlic and cherry tomatoes). They offer the option of splitting orders, so we each had our own portions (they'll do three for three as well). Added a side of garlic-sauteed spinach, which provided an ideal counterpoint.

Desserts were splendid: two freshly baked tarts -- a really lemony lemon confection with pine nuts, and an even nicer mascarpone/ricotta tart which I would happily eat every day for the rest of my life. Except it would kill me.

Excellent, professional service. Great wine list, too. Total after tax (before tip) $145.

After so many lacklustre dinners in recent weeks, we were delighted to reacquaint ourselves with this downtown gem.

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