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first visit to PERBACCO

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first visit to PERBACCO

Nancy | Mar 22, 2003 11:29 PM

i think this place is relatively new...i searched and searched chowhound but couldn't find anything. it's on e 4th street between ave a & b, but closer to b. i went with a non-chowhound friend on friday night, probably about 7:45. no problem getting seated, although it became much more crowded later. very small, very cute.

the menu was all small plates, which was fun. as far as i could tell, the categories were bread & rice, cheese, vegetables, seafood and meat, average price $4.95. the daily specials included salads, soups, pastas and regular entrees. since we have such different tastes, we just ordered 3 small dishes each. we also had a very nice bottle of wine--unfortunately i don't remember the name, but i know it was a mix of merlot, sangiovese and something else. they had a pretty extensive wine list, in my fairly uninformed opinion.

anyway, i had baked mussels gratin, mozzerella in bread (enclosed like a jamaican patty), and grilled polenta with gorgonzola. loved the polenta and mussels, thought the mozz was pretty good but there was a slight fishy taste that i couldn't place. she ordered eggplant, which was quite good, a delicious tomato-basil soup and a salad that i didn't try.

overall, a great experience. we spent $72 including tax & tip, but probably could have spent less if we were able to share 5 dishes and just get one glass of wine--they had several $6/glass choices. the staff was WONDERFUL. one man, who i believe said he was the manager, was very attentive and sweet, and kept himself very busy! i definitely plan to return to try more items...so many appealing things on the menu!

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