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westsidehound goes north (sorrento's, asheville, nc)

mark | Jul 15, 200510:22 PM

i just had a wonderful meal at sorrento's d'italia in oteen. this is dining as it should be. to start, there's a very nice carafe of red on the table when you arrive (the first glass is gratis, after that, buy the carafe or pay by the glass - they have a pretty liberal idea of where the carafe ends). the menu is wide ranging, veggie to fish to lamb and presentation runs the gamut from simple spaghetti to lobster ravioli in pesto. i chose the spaghetti vodka, spaghetti with a vodka-cream-bolognase, and my wife chose the aforementioned ravioli. the meals come with an antipasto platter (varies nightly, ours had roasted red peppers, very nice kalamata olives, green bean vinaigrette, pasta salad, salmon salad, deviled eggs and meatballs (very yummy meatballs - almost as good as my mom's, hope she doesn't read this)). this was followed by a salad of mixed greens with a gorgonzola dressing and a loaf of good, crusty bread with herbed butter. the antipasto ranged from good to very good, and the salad was decent, the dressing yummy. the entrees were both excellent. we finished it off with a delightful, lighter-than-air tiramisu. the best part, this is flat-fee dining, the antipasto, salad and entree are all included in the price of the entree ($11-$26), only the dessert and wine were extra. we got out right at $70, stuffed and having left a generous tip. the most amazing thing is they've been there for ten years and we're just finding it. we definitely won't be strangers from now on.

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