Wanting to try a new place for dinner, my gf and I decided to check out the newly opened Domenico in Silverlake. The space was nothing of what we were expecting for a neighborhood restaurant in this part of town. It was very elegant, modern, and romantic. It is a small space...probably 10-12 tables inside and another 6 or so outside. Everything is white inside...the walls, the chairs, the banquettes, the table cloth, etc. with some nicely done abstract painting on the walls and candle lit on each table. It's a very cozy space great for dates.
As we arrived, the hostess greeted us right away and asked us if we wanted to sit inside or out. It was a chilly night so we opted for inside. Unfortunately, the only table available was the one right by the bathroom door. We took the table anyways. 5 minutes after sitting, another table opened up, and w/o us even having to ask, the hostess came to us and offered us the new table. I thought that was a nice touch.
We started w/ a fried zucchini flower stuffed with mozzarella cheese. They use tempura batter to coat the zucchini and it was nicely done. Crispy on the outside w/ melted cheese inside to give it a nice flavor. For entrees, we had a oso bucco over rissoto and rissoto pomodoro. The oso bucco was very tender but a bit bland. A big piece of bone with bone marrow also came with the meal which was a nice surprise. The risotto was cooked very well but again slightly bland.
The risotto pomodoro came with one big prawn that was seasoned perfectly. The risotto was cooked in a tomato base so had lots of flavors.
The chef, Michael (didnt' catch his last name) came out and talked to us for a few minutes to make sure everything was ok. He used to work at Spago and Valentinos before starting here at Domenico. He told us that the menu changes constantly depending on what fresh ingredients he can get and for us to ask for him next time we come in to get some good recommendations on what's good that day. He was very friendly. The owner, Domenico, was also very visible. At the end of our meal, he came by to say hi and make sure that we had a nice experience. The service was very attentive and found everyone working there very pleasant.
The pricepoint is a bit high for this neighborhood (entrees in the $20-30 range) but I think it's a solid addition that people will enjoy again and again. I will definitely be back and try some of their pasta dishes. They are still waiting on their liquor license, so for the time being, it's BYOB and no corkage fee which is great! Enjoy it while it lasts.
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