My hostess and I had a mostly wonderful lunch.
I started with a chilled melon soup: I normally dislike most melons (other than watermelon), so this was a deliberate gamble. Very refreshing. Cantaloupe, but I wondered if they used any aspic to provide extra texture.
She started with an admirable panzanella salad. Bread was very dry before being dressed, but it tasted yummy, she said.
She then proceeded to the seared halibut special, nicely turned and with borlotti beans (among other things) that were perfectly done. I, meanwhile, resisted the Vault's glorious gnocchi and opted for the lemon-infused risotto dotted with about a half dozen tablespoons of a lamb-based bolognese flavored with rosemary and dotted with green peas. Very tasty, though it looks a little odd.
For dessert, my hostess had a panna cotta that looked underdone (it was falling apart), which was the one odd moment of the meal. I had a wonderful chocolate torta with a touch of red wine syrup -- it had a nice crust on the outside and a beautifully moist, almost not quite cakelike, interior.
We both ordered a glass of the house chardonnay (didn't ask for the vintner), which was quite fine. Another gamble on my part, since I hate so many American chardonnays!