Just went with a group of 9 people to Volterra. I can't say that any of us was really impressed by our food. In fact, mine was EXTREMELY salty - the greens anyway. I got the cow cheek in ravioli like bags, and it came with brown butter and sage sauce on a bed of greens. The raviolis were ok (one person complained that she found them too thick) but the greens were ridiculously salty... as in, I think somebody actually lost the top of the shaker while they were salting it salty. I mentioned it to the waitress (at the end of dinner, just in case they were going to serve it to someone else the same way) and nothing ever came of it. I guess I was too nice... I'm not much of a complainer, but I would have thought something complimentary would have come my way. oh well. others got the dungeoness crab ravioli... they said the sauce was good, but the crab tasted fishy (and one of them was who said the ravioli was too thick). I also got the pear cosmo - why was there a cranberry in there? I'd rather something you can actually eat and enjoy (and I love cranberries!).
I got the milk chocolate caramel tart for dessert... it was ok, but I wouldn't highly recommend it to anybody. The person next to me got the rum soaked something or other - she didn't like it, especially as it was not at all what she expected. It came out more like a dry cream puff. The tiramisu (compliments of the pastry chef for the birthday girl, which was really nice of them!) was apparently delicious!
overall very disappointing... it really felt like $70 down the drain. Oh, I was so excited about the bruschetta appetizer (truffle, artichoke) and it was actually quite blah. and somebody else got the wild boar, and they thought it had too much sauce.
sorry to be a complainer. I'm just really disappointed. If you are debating between here and Cafe Juanita, DEFINITELY pick Cafe Juanita. No doubt about it... just look through my postings, and you'll see that I'm not a complainer. I just thought I'd write this, as there really wasn't much here about Volterra when I looked. (someone else picked the restaurant)
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